Our partnerships

To more fully deliver on our mission and deepen the open science and open access network, as well as to avoid any overlap in activities, SPARC Europe has established a number of official and strategic partnerships.

  • SPARC Europe and LIBER have a Memorandum of U­­nderstanding in place to avoid overlapping activities concerning Open Access.
  • SPARC Europe and OASPA have established a partnership to support each other in their work.
  • SPARC Europe and COAR enjoy a mutual partnership and work together in the field of Institutional Repositories.

Key organisations in our network

SPARC Europe acts in a dynamic context that is characterised by several collaborative efforts which aim to promote and support Open Access and Open Science.

COAR, The Confederation of Open Access Repositories is a not-for-profit association of repository initiatives launched in October 2009. It aims to enhance greater visibility and application of research outputs through global networks of Open Access digital repositories.
DCC, The Digital Curation Centre is a centre of expertise in digital curation with a focus on capacity-building for research data management.
EIFL, EIFL works with libraries worldwide to enable access to digital information in developing and transition countries. EIFL is an international not-for-profit organisation based in Europe with a global network of partners. It has its own Open Access Programme.
Knowledge Exchange, Knowledge Exchange is a co-operative effort that supports the use and development of Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) infrastructure for higher education and research. Partners are CSC (Finland), DEFF (Denmark), DFG (Germany), JISC (United Kingdom), SURF (Netherlands).
OAPEN, Open Access Publishing in European Networks is a collaborative initiative to develop and implement a sustainable Open Access publication model for academic books in the Humanities and Social Sciences. The OAPEN Library aims to improve the visibility and usability of high quality academic research by aggregating peer reviewed Open Access publications from across Europe.
OASPA, the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association offers a forum for bringing together the entire community of Open Access journal and book publishers.
OpenAIRE, OpenAIRE is not an organisation though we consider it to be of such relevance to list it here. It started as an EC-funded project and continues on project funding at present. One of its key purposes is to make as much European funded research output available as possible via the OpenAIRE portal.
SPARC, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, is an international alliance of academic and research libraries working to correct imbalances in the scholarly publishing system. SPARC was founded in America in 1997. SPARC Europe was founded in 2004.

The following organisations and coalitions represent the library community

SPARC Europe liaises with key consortia and associations to share agendas and avoid overlapping activities.

ARL, the American Research Libraries was founder of SPARC and can be seen as the American counterpart of LIBER.
EBLIDA, the European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Associations is an independent umbrella association of library, information, documentation and archive associations and institutions in Europe.
ICOLC, the International Coalition of Library Consortia is an informal, self-organised group whose active participants comprise over 200 library consortia from around the world.
IFLA, the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions is the leading international body representing the interests of library and information services and their users. It is the global voice of the library and information profession.
LIBER, LIBER is the main research libraries network in Europe. Founded in 1971 as a non-governmental organisation of research libraries under the auspices of the Council of Europe, LIBER encompasses more than 420 national, university and other libraries in 46 countries. The LIBER network is, however, not restricted to the European Union; the participation of research libraries outside the European Union is widely encouraged. SPARC Europe and LIBER have agreed that all activities on Open Access are on behalf of LIBER and SPARC Europe.

The following organisations represent the university community on a pan-European level

EUA: The European University Association represents and supports higher education institutions in 46 countries, providing them with a unique forum to cooperate and keep abreast of the latest trends in higher education and research policies.
LERU: The League of European Research Universities was founded in 2002 as an association of research-intensive universities sharing the values of high-quality teaching in an environment of internationally competitive research.