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

New Business Plan Toolkit for OA Journals

busSPARC Europe commissioned this toolkit to help those thinking of starting an OA journal. A business plan toolkit for OA journals addresses how to describe the business venture, the market context, how to address governance and ownership, develop operational, marketing and financial plans and look at risk assessment. Read it here.

OA services indispensable to the successful implementation of OA policies

KE_LogoKnowledge Exchange has just published a report on how critical an OA service infrastructure is to implement OA policy – including SHERPA services, DOAJ, ORCID, to name a few. It recommends 4 priority actions for such a sustainable and stable infrastructure to take place. For more, see the report.

Breaking news: A TDM exemption for non-commercial and commercial use in Europe

Excellent news for Text and Data Mining users: The EU’s European Commission publicised today that they will be working on an exemption for TDM for non-commercial and commercial use. This is a broader exemption than the one adopted in the UK and, if adopted as legislation, this would mean a major boost for research and innovation in Europe. This is part of their vision to modernise European copyright rules.

SPARC Europe and many other organizations have been working for this, and it is so good to see that our efforts have made an impact!
We made recommendations to the European Commission and the European Parliament on changing European copyright law to ensure easy access to data for text and data miners: See our Briefing Paper on TDM here.

New SPARC Europe Briefing Paper: Better ways to evaluate research and researchers

iStock_000014530753_FullSPARC Europe’s new briefing paper addresses the issue of research evaluation, which is at the core of scholarly communication. It looks at alternative metrics for the more effective assessment of research.

Download it here.

Report on University-Based Publishing, Spring 2015

Intelligence on university-based Open Access publishing commissioned by SPARC Europe in the Spring of 2015. Download the report here.

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