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!

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

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