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  1. Towards large-scale transition to Open Access
  2. New SPARC Europe Director named
  3. Sustaining OA services for the future
  4. Newly proposed EC Copyright Directive takes steps to facilitating an Open Science Europe
  5. Bringing Europe's Open Data Champions together
  1. Change in management at SPARC Europe
  2. Who is doing what in Open Science in Europe?
  3. SPARC Europe wins LIBER Innovation Award
  4. Calling next generation Open Advocates: OpenCon 2016 in Washington DC
  5. European ministers united on making immediate access to scientific publications the default by 2020: See the highlights
  6. Job announcement: SPARC Europe Director
  7. Europe’s Open Access Champions launches
  8. SPARC Europe publishes new high-level strategic plan for 2020
  9. New Business Plan Toolkit for OA Journals
  10. OA services indispensable to the successful implementation of OA policies
  11. Report on University-Based Publishing, Spring 2015
  12. New SPARC Europe Briefing Paper: Better ways to evaluate research and researchers
  13. Breaking news: A TDM exemption for non-commercial and commercial use in Europe
  14. Electronic Publication: Intended and Unintended Consequences
  15. Over 20 new Open Access advocacy resources from Pasteur4OA
  16. Showcasing Europe's Open Access champions
  17. For a European copyright that supports text and data mining for research and innovation
  18. Get to know SPARC Europe's recent services
  19. Times they are a changing for SPARC Europe
  20. Join SPARC Europe at OAI9: Sessions on policy, monitoring, and an OA Q & A
  21. Easier access to Big Data through The Hague Declaration
  22. New life breathed into ROARMAP by Pasteur4OA
  23. Pasteur4OA: Learning about Open Access Policies Worldwide
  24. Join the community compiling the Open Access Tagging Project alerting service
  25. New SPARC Europe service: The SPARC Europe Open Access Diary
  26. Re-use and adapt SPARC Europe slides for your OA advocacy
  27. What SPARC Europe has done recently to advance scholarly communications
  28. Pasteur4OA newsletter on line
  29. How Open is Your Research?
  30. New Open Access Citation Advantage Service online
  31. Welcoming 2 new Board Members to SPARC Europe
  32. 3 OA-policies recently updated to emphasize or facilitate Gold Open Access
  33. Counting the Costs of Open Access in the UK
  34. SPARC Europe to host Open Humanities Roadshow in the UK
  35. Publishers’ Content-Mining Policies and What Libraries Can Do
  36. What is the best licensing framework for scholarly material?
  37. SPARC Europe publishes new flyer
  38. 7 institutional benefits to implementing an Open Access policy
  39. Join the SPARC Europe Board
  40. SPARC Europe welcomes the new UK Open Access policy
  41. 15 principles of transparency for scholarly publishing
  42. Announcing the launch of the Pilot on Open Research Data in Horizon 2020
  43. SPARC Europe in two new EU projects - FOSTER and PASTEUR4OA
  44. Briefing Papers: OA in the humanities and in the social sciences
  45. We welcome three new members to the SPARC Europe Board
  46. The UK House of Commons Business, Innovation and Skills Committee Report on Open Access
  47. What are you doing for Open Access week this year (2013)?
  48. Webcast Invitation
  49. SPARC Europe Board Election 2013 - Call for Nominations
  50. SPARC Europe Open Session at the Pre-LIBER conference
  51. SPARC Europe's Second Response to the Members of the BIS Select Committee
  52. Registry of Research Data Repositories launched -
  53. Advocacy: How to hasten open access
  54. Interviews about Key Open Access Policy Initiatives
  55. Analysis of funder Open Access policies around the world
  56. SPARC Europe responds to the UK House of Lords Select Committee for Science & Technology inquiry into the UK Government's policy on Open Access and its implementation by RCUK
  57. SPARC Europe response to the UK Government Department of Business, Innovation & Skills Committee inquiry into the UK Government's Open Access policy
  58. Polish Ministry of Administration & Digitization - great debate on open public resources!
  59. Open Access news from France including the Minister of Higher Education and Research
  60. 29th Seminar of Higher Education Library Cooperative
  61. Croatian Open Access Declaration, the “Hamster” portal, and open access theology journals
  62. UK Business, Innovation and Skills Committee announces inquiry into Open Access
  63. 6th UNICA Scholarly Communication Seminar: Libraries As Drivers for Change, Brussels, 26-27 November 2012
  64. ANNOUNCEMENT - Appointment of Lars Bjørnshauge as Managing Director of the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
  65. PRESS RELEASE - New agreement concluded regarding management of the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
  66. Open Access Week @ AIMS
  67. Lars Bjørnshauge challenged attendees to push for real change at the Berlin 10 Open Access Conference
  68. UK House of Lords enquiry on Open Access
  69. Open Education Week
  70. Interview with Alma Swan in Research Europe
  71. Sign the petition - protect EU research funding from cuts
  72. What it takes for the stakeholders involved to facilitate the full potential of open access to unfold!
  73. PPT by Lars Bjørnshauge: Is participation really the problem? If so, participation in what?
  74. R2RC Partners with PhD Comics for Open Access Week Video
  75. Ireland has announced a National Open Access Policy
  76. Developing quality test for new open access journals
  77. Open Access to Publications and Research Integrity: Keys to Research Excellence in Europe and Globally - Press Release
  78. The European Science Foundation’s EMRC calls for the adoption of open access in biomedical sciences
  79. Visibility: building online scholarly presence
  80. Alma Swan - Open Access and you – a relationship with promise
  81. Open Access to Excellence in Research
  82. R2RC European Open Access Week Webcast
  83. CERN Workshop on Innovations in Scholarly Communications
  84. Lars Bjørnshauge in the UKSG eNews
  85. Meeting with the Commissioner for Research & Innovation
  86. Scientists, Foundations, Libraries, Universities, and Advocates Unite and Issue New Recommendations to Make Research Freely Available to All Online
  87. Speakers announced for IFLA session on Open Access
  88. Now online: the Powerpoint of last week's Webcast on Article level metrics
  89. SPARC Europe response to EC Communication and Recommendation
  90. UK's Research Councils publish new stronger policy on Open Access
  91. SPARC Europe's response to the Finch Report
  92. Election to SPARC Europe Board
  93. SPARC Innovator: The World Bank
  94. Now online: Presentations from SPARC Europe Session at the LIBER conference
  95. SPARC Europe Members Meeting in Tartu
  96. SPARC Europe's response to the inaccuracies in the article by the Daily Mail's City Editor on 18 June
  97. COAR has formed a Task Force for “Open Access Agreements and Licenses”
  98. The Budapest Open Access Initiative at 10 - Recommendations for the next ten years
  99. Webcast Invitation: Article level metrics with Jennifer Lin
  100. New website for SPARC Europe
  102. Press Release 17 May 2012 - Pushing the Frontier on Text Mining
  103. Pushing the Frontier on Text Mining: A conversation with Heather Piwowar
  104. Lars Bjørnshauge Appointed Interim Director SPARC Europe
  105. Policy Guidelines for the Development and Promotion of Open Access
  106. The new OpenAIRE Quarterly Publication is out
  107. Bioline International, an open access e-publishing platform, is seeking new members and supporters
  108. The New European Team is in Place
  109. Experts Meeting on the UNESCO Open Access Strategy
  110. Sharing knowledge: EC-funded projects on scientific information in the digital age
  111. SPARC Europe Annual Meeting in Barcelona
  112. Sixth SPARC Europe Award goes to
  113. The LERU Roadmap Towards Open Access
  114. A new series of Webcasts for SPARC Europe members 2011
  115. First Annual European Student Summit on Open Access
  116. SPARC Europe response to EC Green Paper on a common strategic framework for EU
  117. SPARC Europe at Public Hearing on Access to and Preservation of Scientific Data
  118. Get prepared for Open Access Week 2011
  119. Interview Series
  120. UKB Statement: Concern about Elsevier’s Open Access Policy
  121. Statement approved by the Steering committee for on 23 May 2011
  122. SPARC Europe Annual Meeting 2011
  123. Call for Nominations
  124. UNESCO Netherlands Expert Meeting on Open Access
  125. OAI7 - Innovations in Scholarly Communication
  126. UNESCO-NL Expert Meeting on Open Access
  127. Submitted to Slovenian Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology
  128. PKP Europe Network
  129. OAI7 Registration is open
  130. The First OAPEN Conference
  131. Research-Education-Public Data in Athens
  132. SOAP Symposium, Berlin
  133. Research-Education-Public Data
  134. INVITATION: SOAP Symposium
  135. Knowledge Exchange Briefing paper
  136. 7 reasons why you should register now
  137. SPARC Europe joins the DARTEurope Board
  138. LIBER is seeking for a Project Officer
  139. Promotional video for OAI7 by Dr Paul Ayris
  140. First results of the SOAP Project presented at COASP
  141. Major Chinese libraries united against unreasonable price increases by some international publishers
  142. OAI7 Call for Ideas
  143. SPARC Europe goes to Greece
  144. SPARC Europe goes to Denmark
  145. SPARC Europe goes to Slovenia
  146. SPARC Europe goes to Switzerland
  147. SPARC Europe now tweets!
  148. Policies for the development of OA in Southern Europe
  149. SPARC Digital Repositories Meeting 2010 Call for Proposals
  150. A Summary of SPARC Europe Annual Meeting 2010
  151. Fifth SPARC Europe Award to Honour Leaders in Field of Scholarly Communications goes to CERN
  152. SPARC Europe Annual Meeting 2010
  153. SPARC Digital Repositories Meeting 2010
  154. COASP: 2nd Conference on Open Access Scholarly Publishing
  155. SPARC Europe announces Call-for-Nominations for the Fifth Award for Outstanding Achievements in Scholarly Communications
  156. SPARC Europe announces new Director
  157. License to Publish: promoting Open Access and authors' rights in the Nordic social sciences and humanities
  158. COASP: 1st Conference for Open Access Scholarly Publishers
  159. Wetenschappelijke publicaties openbaar
  160. Welcome to IIU Press and Research Centre and the Koninklijke Bibliotheek, our new members
  161. A Compact for Open-Access Publishing Equity
  162. Public Library of Science Continues to Innovate
  163. Fourth SPARC Europe Award for Outstanding Achievements in Scholarly Communications awarded to the Directory of Open Access Journals
  164. Significant New Deposit Mandates Announced
  165. OA would save the Netherlands 133 million Euros per year
  166. Centre for Research Communications (CRC) Launched
  167. SPARC Europe announces Call-for-Nominations for the Fourth Award for Outstanding Achievements in Scholarly Communications
  168. Welsh Repository Network (WRN) launch
  169. SURF announces 2009 to be Open Access Year
  170. OAI6 Registration is now Open
  171. Economic Study of OA Shows Benefits Outweigh Costs
  172. EPSRC to Adopt Open Access Mandate
  173. New Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA) Launched
  174. Springer Purchase BioMedCentral
  175. European Commission launches open access pilot
  176. SPARC Europe and DRIVER agree to closer collaboration
  177. Third SPARC Europe Award for Outstanding Achievements in Scholarly Communications awarded to Leo Waaijers
  178. Second SPARC Europe Award for Outstanding Achievements in Scholarly Communications goes to SHERPA
  179. European Commission Issues 'Communication' on Open Access
  180. European Research Community Call on European Union to Adopt Open Access
  181. Fifth UK Research Council Issues Open Access Mandate
  182. European Commission Publishes Synthesis of Responses to Scientific Publications Study
  183. Fourth UK Research Council Adopts Open Access Mandate
  184. UK Funding Bodies Mandate Open Access
  185. European Commission Publishes Study Into Scientific Publications
  186. Leading European Library Organization Firmly Supports Research Councils UK New Open Access Policy
  187. UK Research Councils Publish Draft Open Access Policy
  188. Launch of the Directory of Open Access Repositories Announced
  189. National Institutes of Health (NIH) Issue Access Policy
  190. UK Science and Technology Committee Publish Report
  191. Berlin Declaration Lauched
  192. Merger Announced Between Springer and Kluwer
  193. SPARC Europe Hires Director and Formally Launches Organisation Based at Oxford University
  194. SPARC and SPARC Europe Support Budapest Open Access Initiative

Towards large-scale transition to Open Access

Ralf_Schimmer_privatSPARC Europe recently commissioned an opinion piece by Max Planck’s Ralf Schimmer on: Making moves towards the large-scale transition to Open Access.

He claims, among other things, that there are sufficient resources in the current publishing system to make the shift to OA financially viable. It makes for compelling reading.

We also invited several experts from the international scholarly communications community to comment on his paper to stimulate discussion. See more here.

Beate Eellend joins SPARC Europe Board of Directors

Beate Eellend joins SPARC Europe Board of was established at the National Library of Sweden in 2006. Since then the programme has been promoting and supporting open access mainly, but not exclusively, in cooperation with Swedish HEI’s and funding agencies. The programme is also acting as Swedish node in the EU-funded project OpenAIRE, which is but one example of our broad international network and collaboration.

In the strongly evolving transition towards open science, open access to publications and research data are fundamental parts in good company with citizen science, open educational resources, open source as well as responsible research metrics and evaluation. A global and fair transition towards open science needs to take place in strong collaboration between various stakeholders on national and international levels. Thus, open science frames international development towards a sustainable and democratic interaction between science and society.

In 2017 Sweden is expected to adopt national guidelines for open access to scientific information, including publications and research data. The Swedish Government has given the National Library of Sweden a national coordination task for open access to scientific publications. This task includes initiating and co-ordinating a number of further studies on how the Swedish transition to open access can be further strengthened and facilitated. As the future co-ordinator at the National Library for open access in Sweden I am honoured to be a member of the SPARC Europe Board and look forward to sharing and learning from experiences within the SPARC international network.

New SPARC Europe Director named

Social Media Portraits“As Chairman of the SPARC Europe Board of Directors, I am happy to announce that Vanessa Proudman is our new permanent director from 1 November 2016.

Vanessa has done good work for us for some years now in her capacity as Programme Manager. She has also been serving as SPARC Europe’s Interim Director for some months to the full satisfaction of the board who unanimously decided to offer her this position.

We are confident that with Vanessa heading our team, we will be well equipped to both continue the good work done by our former directors, Alma Swan and Lars Bjørnshauge, and to widen our scope into new areas of Open.”

Jan Erik Frantsvag

Sustaining OA services for the future

RootsLast week, SPARC Europe convened a meeting with a number of high-level stakeholders from the international funding, research and library communities to discuss how to sustain some of the world’s important OA services.

All participants agreed that introducing a new mechanism to fund some of the essential services that underpin policy was important. We are now in the process of exploring what this mechanism could look like and coming up with terms of reference. We are also preparing supporting documentation for decision-makers to see when the first phase of funding could begin.

After extensive essential preparatory work led by Knowledge Exchange, e.g. best concluded in the Putting Down Roots report, SPARC Europe now looks forward to facilitating exploring the feasibility of the proposal and how to put this into action with leading decision-makers and Open Science advocators worldwide including LIBER, EIFL, European University Association (EUA), The European Research Council (ERC), Science Europe, the Australasian Open Access Strategy Group (AOASG), Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL), and SPARC (US).
We look forward to updating you with more in months to come!

Newly proposed EC Copyright Directive takes steps to facilitating an Open Science Europe

flag_yellow_highThe European Commission (EC) is taking important steps to support the Digital Single Market in Europe through its recently published proposal for a Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market, published on 14 September 2016.

SPARC Europe welcomes these. Strong copyright legislation will facilitate the production and dissemination of new content. It thereby has the potential to boost the visibility and reputation of Europe as a strong research leader.

See our response to the Directive here.

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