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Over 20 new Open Access advocacy resources from Pasteur4OA

PASTEUR4OA logoSPARC Europe is a partner in the Pasteur4OA project. Pasteur4OA aims to increase the understanding of Open Access amongst national and institutional policymakers and research funders. It also aims to develop and reinforce OA strategies and policies that align with European Commission OA policies, e.g. that for Horizon 2020.

In this context, SPARC Europe has supported the Pasteur4OA team in producing more than 20 advocacy resources that can be used by stakeholders to develop new policies or revise existing ones.

For more information on Pasteur4OA, and these resources, see the flyer.

Showcasing Europe’s Open Access champions

Headshot Picture Of Multi-Ethnic Group Of People SmilingSPARC Europe and some of its members would like to announce that it will be showcasing some of Europe’s Open Access champions in the coming months.

In addition to more Open Access policy implementation in Europe, we believe that continuing to change hearts and minds in our academic communities is important.

For this reason, we will be sharing some of the stories of Europe’s Open Access champions to stimulate more advocacy in our academic communities:

What motivates them? How are they spreading the OA word? What are their challenges? What’s their advice to other champions?
How do we involve them and keep them engaged, and what makes a good champion?

You can expect stories from a range of different types of OA leaders, from Deans to Heads of Dept or Research to administrators from 8 countries.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us:

For a European copyright that supports text and data mining for research and innovation

Abstract tech binary backgroundThis year SPARC Europe wrote a briefing paper on Text and Data Mining (TDM) to help the European Parliament and the European Commission in their review of European Copyright Law.

Find it here: Text and data mining for research and innovation purposes, and its importance (2015)

or go to SPARC Europe’s other briefing papers.

Get to know SPARC Europe’s recent services

Group of Business People Working on an Office DeskSPARC Europe has developed several tools and services this year to help you make the case for Open Access.

See our flyer for more information.

Times they are a changing for SPARC Europe

Magnetic compass on a world mapThe Open Access advocacy picture in Europe is changing rapidly, and to respond to this, its Directors will be standing down on 30 June 2015 to allow for new opportunities in the expanding area of openness.

We have just entered discussions with LIBER about furthering Open (Access, Data, Science, TDM, Copyright, etc) by collaborating more intensively , including investigating options for organisational integration.

In the meantime, business will continue as usual.

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