SPARC Europe is pleased to announce that it is a partner on two successful project bids to the European Commission. Both projects will start in early 2014. The first project, FOSTER (Foster Open Science Training for European Research) will deliver training programmes for researchers and other stakeholder groups, as well as training trainers to spread the effort more widely.
The second project, PASTEUR4OA (Open Access Policy Alignment Strategies for European Union Research) will address policymakers and will try to encourage OA policy alignment across Europe to simplify compliance for researchers and to adhere to the spirit of the European Research Area’s harmonisation agenda.
Please check the websites of the two projects as they begin in 2014 to see the progress being made.
SPARC Europe is publishing two briefing papers, focusing on OA in the humanities and in the social sciences. The one covering humanities was written by Sam Moore of King’s College London, and the one covering social sciences is by Paul Kirby of Sussex University:
We are very glad to announce the new members of the SPARC Europe Board:
By clicking on the link you can ready their CV and nomination letter.
You can find all members of the Board here.
SPARC Europe warmly welcomes the Report from the BIS Committee and its recommendations on Open Access (OA) policy in the United Kingdom. We are especially pleased by the way the Committee has taken evidence into account and weighed it in the interests of the research community. The Finch Report was deficient both in this respect and in other information on which it based its decisions and recommendations, but this is now rectified in the BIS Committee report.
With that reassurance, we expect the research community now broadly to support the recommendations contained in this new report.
In particular, SPARC Europe applauds the following:
Whether your events are focused on getting faculty and students informed on Open Access Issues or if you want to promote Open Access projects your campus has begun, start planning and posting your events now to get maximum participation!
The theme this year is “Redefining Impact”. What does that mean for your institution? See what groups are doing with Article Level Metrics to change the way scholarly communication is measured by reading the SPARC Innovator article on the creators of the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment
(DORA) for ex.
To help you start planning watch the SPARC Webcast with Brian Glanz on Hackathon’s
. You could build an event around a simple Hack.
Play these resource videos at or build your event around them:
Livestream (or show the recorded) Kickoff event at the World Bank on Monday October 21st. Speakers will soon be announced.
Join a group
here to get more ideas or see what others are planning.
We’re looking forward to an engaging and lively Open Access Week 2013!