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

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!

SPARC Europe wins LIBER Innovation Award

SPARC Europe has won a Liber Innovation Award (Ligue des Bibliothèques Européennes de Recherche – Association of European Research Libraries).

Vanessa Proudman received the award for the paper:
Open Access depends on us Professors! Europe’s Open Access Champions.
This paper was presented on 30 June 2016 in Helsinki, Finland.

It has been considered one of the 3 most innovative and relevant papers submitted to the 2016 LIBER Annual Conference.

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.

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