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

Calling next generation Open Advocates: OpenCon 2016 in Washington DC

26682913153_780d8c7f12_mOpenCon seeks to bring together students and early career academic professionals from around the world who want to advance Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data. It takes place in Washington DC this year.

It’s a conference and platform for the next generation to learn about Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data, develop critical skills, and catalyze action toward a more open system for sharing the world’s information—from scholarly and scientific research, to educational materials, to digital research data.  If you don’t yet know OpenCon, see the highlights of OpenCon 2015 here.

Attendance at OpenCon is by application only. If you’re interested, and also perhaps in one of the three dozen sponsored scholarships, apply here by 11 July 2016.

OpenCon is organized by SPARC, the Right to Research Coalition, and an Organizing Committee of students and early career researchers from around the world.

European ministers united on making immediate access to scientific publications the default by 2020: See the highlights

flag_yellow_highEurope’s governments have agreed to common ambitious political Open Science goals for the first time at a gathering of ministers of science, innovation, trade and industry on 26-27 May 2016.

What consequences will taking action on these goals mean?
Who will be the influencers to make it happen?

See the highlights of the agreed goals here.

Job announcement: SPARC Europe Director


SPARC Europe is looking for a new Director.

Are you interested in achieving more in the areas of Open Access, Open Data, Open Educational Resources, Open Peer Review, Research Evaluation and Research Integrity in Europe?

Then this position could be for you. See the job announcement here.

Europe’s Open Access Champions launches

EOACCreating the cultural change to embrace and implement Open Access is a tough nut to crack. Open Access champions from senior management and from the research community can help change the hearts and minds of their peers. With that aim in mind, SPARC Europe and some of its members are showcasing selected persons behind Open Access by way of a new online Open Access advocacy service: Europe’s Open Access Champions. We invite you to get inspired by their stories, motivations and visions on Open Access here:

SPARC Europe publishes new high-level strategic plan for 2020

SPARC Europe outlines its new vision, mission and value proposition. In addition, it describes its key goals for the coming years as well as high level activities.
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