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

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 want to find out where the overlaps are to see what room there is for more collaboration and identify any gaps where more work might be needed.

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.

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.

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