Evidence of rich Open Science and Scholarship activity in Europe

SPARC Europe conducted a preliminary study in late 2016 that gained insight into who is doing what in Europe in the areas of Open Science or Scholarship (OS).

A good number of significant institutions incl. the European Commission, Science Europe, the EUA, LIBER, the ERC, shared information on their partnerships, who they are targeting, with what kinds of activities and outputs, and with what personnel resources.

This preliminary work sketches the OS landscape in Europe. It identifies areas where Open Science / Scholarship organisations and several key projects are building strong capacities in a range of similar areas.

More work is needed to divulge where further collaboration makes sense and where efficiencies can be gained where there is a clear duplication of effort in specific activities, and where goals and audiences coincide.

For the results, download the report here.

Sustaining OA services for the future

RootsLast week, SPARC Europe convened a meeting with a number of high-level stakeholders from the international funding, research and library communities to discuss how to sustain some of the world’s important OA services.

All participants agreed that introducing a new mechanism to fund some of the essential services that underpin policy was important. We are now in the process of exploring what this mechanism could look like and coming up with terms of reference. We are also preparing supporting documentation for decision-makers to see when the first phase of funding could begin.

After extensive essential preparatory work led by Knowledge Exchange, e.g. best concluded in the Putting Down Roots report, SPARC Europe now looks forward to facilitating exploring the feasibility of the proposal and how to put this into action with leading decision-makers and Open Science advocators worldwide including LIBER, EIFL, European University Association (EUA), The European Research Council (ERC), Science Europe, the Australasian Open Access Strategy Group (AOASG), Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL), and SPARC (US).
We look forward to updating you with more in months to come!

Newly proposed EC Copyright Directive takes steps to facilitating an Open Science Europe

flag_yellow_highThe European Commission (EC) is taking important steps to support the Digital Single Market in Europe through its recently published proposal for a Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market, published on 14 September 2016.

SPARC Europe welcomes these. Strong copyright legislation will facilitate the production and dissemination of new content. It thereby has the potential to boost the visibility and reputation of Europe as a strong research leader.

See our response to the Directive here.

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 are their stories? 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!

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