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

Join SPARC Europe at OAI9: Sessions on policy, monitoring, and an OA Q & A

Conference Presenter & Audience - Stock PhotoOA Café: All you always wanted to know about Open Access but were afraid to ask, 17 June 2015, 09.00-11.30
Get answers to your OA questions from experts on technical-, cultural- and policy-related issues. The Open Access Café is the place to mingle, meet old and new friends, and talk about Open Access.
OA Policy, 18 June 2015, 16-17.45
This session will look at current policies worldwide presenting data from the PASTEUR4OA project. Discuss how best to formulate a policy here and how to support it within an institution to maximise the amount of OA material collected.
Monitoring progress towards Open Access – tools for institutions, funders and other decision makers, 18 June 2015, 16-17.45
Mikael K. Elbæk, DTU, Denmark and David Ball, SPARC Europe, will present tools to visualise and monitor several aspects of openness. Presentations will cover the Danish Open Access Barometer and the recent SPARC Europe tool How Open is Your Research?

Easier access to Big Data through The Hague Declaration

Li_Decl_logoPayoff_RGB_72-01-01-850x475 2The Hague Declaration on Knowledge Discovery in the Digital Age invites you to make your voice heard to support easier access to Big Data.

The Hague Declaration calls for immediate changes to intellectual property law and the removal of other barriers preventing widened and more equal access to data.

You can make a difference by signing the Hague Declaration.

For more information, see the Hague Declaration press release, the infographic on how big data can save lives or go to the website.

Pasteur4OA: Learning about Open Access Policies Worldwide

The Pasteur4OA project has just published an international Open Access policy report to help determine what kinds of policies are effective for Open Access Green deposit. This has been written by our own Alma Swan.
PASTEUR4OA (Open Access Policy Alignment Strategies for European Union Research) is an EU project that aims to stimulate policy development to ensure Open Access to all outputs from European publicly-funded research. SPARC Europe is a partner.
For access to the document, go to the Pasteur4OA news page.

New life breathed into ROARMAP by Pasteur4OA

ROARMAPROARMAP, the Open Access policy registry, has recently acquired an update through the Pasteur4OA Project.

The ROARMAP policy registry has been rebuilt and now contains information on over 600 policies online with over 100 new policies added.
ROARMAP also now includes far more information, i.e. on deposit and licensing conditions, rights holding, embargo lengths and ‘Gold’ Open Access publishing options.
Consult this revived policy development service if you want to find accurate and detailed information about Open Access policies around the world.

Join the community compiling the Open Access Tagging Project alerting service

Would you like to be part of the community compiling the Open Access Tagging Project (OATP) alerting service?

We are looking for volunteer taggers to tag items about OA relevant to their own countries. The SPARC Europe Open Access Diary is one service built upon the OATP and there could be many more such services developed if the OATP were more comprehensive.

So, we need your help, and it won’t take you long – just a few minutes now and then. If you’d like to find out more about what’s involved, Nancy Pontika, the SPARC Europe officer responsible for our Diary, would be pleased to explain and to set you up as a volunteer tagger. Please contact Nancy by email at and she will tell you all about it.

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