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

Easier access to Big Data through The Hague Declaration

Li_Decl_logoPayoff_RGB_72-01-01-850x475 2The Hague Declaration on Knowledge Discovery in the Digital Age invites you to make your voice heard to support easier access to Big Data.

The Hague Declaration calls for immediate changes to intellectual property law and the removal of other barriers preventing widened and more equal access to data.

You can make a difference by signing the Hague Declaration.

For more information, see the Hague Declaration press release, the infographic on how big data can save lives or go to the website.

Pasteur4OA: Learning about Open Access Policies Worldwide

The Pasteur4OA project has just published an international Open Access policy report to help determine what kinds of policies are effective for Open Access Green deposit. This has been written by our own Alma Swan.
PASTEUR4OA (Open Access Policy Alignment Strategies for European Union Research) is an EU project that aims to stimulate policy development to ensure Open Access to all outputs from European publicly-funded research. SPARC Europe is a partner.
For access to the document, go to the Pasteur4OA news page.

New life breathed into ROARMAP by Pasteur4OA

ROARMAPROARMAP, the Open Access policy registry, has recently acquired an update through the Pasteur4OA Project.

The ROARMAP policy registry has been rebuilt and now contains information on over 600 policies online with over 100 new policies added.
ROARMAP also now includes far more information, i.e. on deposit and licensing conditions, rights holding, embargo lengths and ‘Gold’ Open Access publishing options.
Consult this revived policy development service if you want to find accurate and detailed information about Open Access policies around the world.

Join the community compiling the Open Access Tagging Project alerting service

Would you like to be part of the community compiling the Open Access Tagging Project (OATP) alerting service?

We are looking for volunteer taggers to tag items about OA relevant to their own countries. The SPARC Europe Open Access Diary is one service built upon the OATP and there could be many more such services developed if the OATP were more comprehensive.

So, we need your help, and it won’t take you long – just a few minutes now and then. If you’d like to find out more about what’s involved, Nancy Pontika, the SPARC Europe officer responsible for our Diary, would be pleased to explain and to set you up as a volunteer tagger. Please contact Nancy by email at and she will tell you all about it.

New SPARC Europe service: The SPARC Europe Open Access Diary

OADiarySPARC Europe is happy to share a new service with the Open Access Community: The SPARC Europe Open Access Diary.

This service brings together European news and developments on Open Access drawn from the international Open Access Tracking Project.
The Diary allows you to browse by country, and also summarises some of the key policy developments and services and projects in the European Union. It also gives you a special view on humanities resources.
We hope this OA Diary will help you derive a better picture of developments around Open Access and keep track of how things are going.

We plan to continue this service through 2015 and further into the future if you find it useful.

Try it out here and let us know what you think:

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