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

Counting the Costs of Open Access in the UK

SPARC Europe and London Higher, an organisation of universities in London, have jointly commissioned a study by Research Consulting into the overhead costs to universities of complying with the RCUK Open Access policy.

RCUK’s policy ‘prefers’ Gold OA and RCUK has awarded block grants to universities to pay for article processing charges (APCs) levied by journals. The study has not been concerned with these APCs, but rather with the costs within institutions of actually acting upon and managing the policy.

Costs fall in various places within a university and these places can vary between institutions depending on how each university has arranged the systems to manage the block grant. By drawing on data provided by a set of UK universities, the study has derived data on the level of these costs.

While this is a UK-based study the data will also be of interest to universities and policymakers outside the UK.

For the study “Counting the Costs of Open Access”, see here.

SPARC Europe roadshow programme on OA publishing in the Humanities

If you are in the UK, and you have authors who want to know more about Open Access publishing, SPARC Europe has organised a roadshow for humanities scholars. See the programme here.

SPARC Europe to host Open Humanities Roadshow in the UK

A series of events will take place across the UK during the autumn of 2014 to provide an opportunity for researchers to learn about new publishing channels in the humanities.

All researchers working in arts and humanities fields are invited to come along and meet their publisher colleagues in an informal tell-and-show session. You will be able to see what their publishing programmes cover and learn about the experiences of authors who have published in Open Access outlets.

For more information, see here.

Publishers’ Content-Mining Policies and What Libraries Can Do

This SPARC Europe Briefing Paper alerts the library community to the changes in publisher text-mining and data-mining policies, the potential issues surrounding them and how to respond to them.

Download it here: Publishers’ Content-Mining Policies, 2014

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.

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