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

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 community 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 working out the terms of reference for such a mechanism, and 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) 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.

Bringing Europe’s Open Data Champions together

Abstract tech binary backgroundAs part of its Open Scholars Programme, SPARC Europe looks forward to bringing together Open Data Champions from across Europe in the coming months.

Who are the researchers who see making their data open essential for research and/or society and what is their story? What still needs to be done to reveal and release more data? Who are the institutional policy makers who believe that their employees need to open their data as a matter of academic integrity for example?

SPARC Europe, together with Europe’s academic community, will collect a range of views and experiences from Europe’s Open Data community in this new showcase. It will build on the work done in its Europe’s Open Access Champions.

If you’re interested in joining, or you would like more information,
please contact us!

Change in management at SPARC Europe

With effect from 1st August, Vanessa Proudman, has been appointed Interim Director of SPARC Europe until a full-time Director has been found.

Lars Bjørnshauge has decided to prioritise on DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals) as Managing Director after serving as SPARC Europe’s Director since 2012.

“It has been a privilege working for SPARC Europe in years where OA has made significant progress, and is now emerging into an important part of the implementation of Open Scholarship.
I hope I have made my modest contribution to these exciting developments.
I have been very happy working with Vanessa, and I am confident that she will do a tremendous job as Interim Director.” Lars Bjørnshauge

“The SPARC Europe Board would like to thank Lars for his excellent work in his years as SPARC Europe Director, and wish him all the best in his work for DOAJ.”  Jan Erik Frantsvåg, Chairman of the SPARC Europe Board

Who is doing what in Open Science in Europe?

iStock_000029105530_LargeSPARC Europe will be conducting a study into who is doing what in the area of Open Science/Scholarship.

We would like to find out where the overlaps are to see what room there is for more collaboration to further strengthen Open Science/Scholarship support in Europe.
We also hope to identify any gaps where more work might be needed in the area of Open Science/Scholarship.

We look forward to sharing results later on this year!

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