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

What is the best licensing framework for scholarly material?

A week ago, over 80 organisations from around the world, including many publishers, signed up to a letter to STM, the International Association of Scientific, Medical and Technical Publishers, calling on it to withdraw its new set of model licences for academic content.

SPARC Europe was one of the first signatories.
The following briefing document to SPARC Europe Members explains a little more about the topic and why we signed the letter to STM.
See it here.

SPARC Europe publishes new flyer

For a concise overview of what SPARC Europe does, see our new flyer.
It tells you what we believe in, who we are, what we do and gives you a handful of reasons for why joining SPARC Europe could benefit your institution.

SPARC Europe flyer

7 institutional benefits to implementing an Open Access policy

SPARC Europe has brought together 7 short arguments that can support you and your library when discussing introducing an Open Access Policy with your institutional management.
Pin-point the priorities and concerns of your stakeholder and then select the benefits that hold up for them.

  • Download the 7 pointers here.
  • Join the SPARC Europe Board

    Do you wish to

    • see a scholarly communication system built on the principles of openness and sharing
    • returning to the collegiate values of academic research and
    • delivering the best return possible to society?

    If so, we’d like you to join the Board of SPARC Europe. You can nominate yourself or a colleague.

    Please send us a short CV and cover letter shortly listing your motivations for becoming a Board Member of SPARC Europe and how you would like to contribute to SPARC Europe’s activities.

    Board Members serve a 3-year-term with an option of an additional 3-year-term.

    Please send your short CV and cover letter to us ( by 15th August 2014.

    Announcing the launch of the Pilot on Open Research Data in Horizon 2020

    Following the adoption of the Research and Innovation Programme Horizon 2020 last week, here is the link to a press release announcing the launch of the Pilot on Open Research Data in Horizon 2020.
    The press release also covers rules on open access to scientific publications in Horizon 2020. Further information is available in the Guidelines on Open Access to Scientific Publications and Research Data in Horizon 2020 and the Guidelines on Data Management in Horizon 2020.


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