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Fantastic weekend at ALA Annual - thanks to Elaine Westbrooks, Lisa Macklin and Boyana Konforti for sharing their expert...
06/24/2019

Fantastic weekend at ALA Annual - thanks to Elaine Westbrooks, Lisa Macklin and Boyana Konforti for sharing their expertise and insights with our community; and to all SPARC members, friends and family for the incredible energy and momentum towards making “open” the default in research and education! With Nick Shockey, Shawn Daugherty, Claudio Aspesi, Stacie Lemick, and so many others!

06/11/2019
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Great Statement in support of Open Access by Provosts of Big Ten Academic Alliance: "Universities are fundamentally about creating and sharing knowledge. Research and scholarship reflect the cumulative benefits of recorded knowledge. And students learn by exploring the discoveries and creative endeavors that have been shared over time. Simply stated, past knowledge fuels new knowledge, advancing global progress and individual growth. However, our systems of sharing knowledge no longer work in support of our academic enterprise."
https://www.btaa.org/docs/default-source/default-document-library/sustaining-values-and-scholarship.pdf?sfvrsn=5cc449f3_6

New Federal Data Strategy released by White House; Action Plan outlines implementation of Open Government Data Act. Subm...
06/10/2019
White House Releases Draft Federal Data Strategy Action Plan - SPARC

New Federal Data Strategy released by White House; Action Plan outlines implementation of Open Government Data Act. Submit any comments on proposed Plan by July 5th: https://sparcopen.org/news/2019/white-house-releases-draft-federal-data-strategy-action-plan/

Share Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share via Email Yesterday, the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released their long-awaited draft Federal Data Strategy Action Plan which outlines the Administration’s concrete action plan for implementing the President’s Management Agend...

So happy to once again be sponsoring this fabulous global COAR meeting promoting repository collaboration..Heather Josep...
05/22/2019

So happy to once again be sponsoring this fabulous global COAR meeting promoting repository collaboration..Heather Joseph is with Kathleen Shearer and Eloy Rodriguez

05/14/2019
Invest in Open Infrastructure Launches

Collective investment in open, community-controlled infrastructure is a top priority in the scholarly community, and the "invest in Open Infrastructure" (IOI) initiative aims to help. Sign the statement of support and get involved today! https://investinopen.org/2019/05/14/ioi-launch.html

Today we are announcing the formation of Invest In Open Infrastructure (IOI) a global initiative to increase the availability and sustainability of open knowledge infrastructure.

“Let’s hope the U.S. will follow suit in the very near future. It’s long past time to change the archaic, closed-access ...
04/02/2019
Highly Profitable Medical Journal Says Open Access Publishing Has Failed. Right.

“Let’s hope the U.S. will follow suit in the very near future. It’s long past time to change the archaic, closed-access policies that have kept medical and scientific results–results that were funded by the public–locked behind the paywalls of for-profit publishers.”
https://www.forbes.com/sites/stevensalzberg/2019/04/01/nejm-says-open-access-publishing-has-failed-right/

The New England Journal of Medicine just published an editorial saying open access publishing isn't necessary, because they already make most of their content free. What are they so worried about? Yours truly breaks down a few of their bogus arguments.

New impact story on Why Open Access - and Open Science - really matter. https://sparcopen.org/impact-story/high-prices-c...
01/24/2019
High Prices Cost Lives: Matt Might's Plea for Open Research - SPARC

New impact story on Why Open Access - and Open Science - really matter.

https://sparcopen.org/impact-story/high-prices-cost-lives/

Share Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share via Email Matt Might was worried something wasn’t quite right when his son, Bertrand, was a few months old. He was not meeting the typical milestones. At six months, Bertrand was having seizures — eventually hundreds a day — and not crying tears. ...

Breaking News - an amazing way to start 2019: POTUS signed OPEN Government Data Act into law! https://sparcopen.org/news...
01/15/2019
A Huge Win for Open Data in the United States - SPARC

Breaking News - an amazing way to start 2019: POTUS signed OPEN Government Data Act into law! https://sparcopen.org/news/2019/huge-win-open-data-united-states/

Share Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share via Email President Trump today signed into law the Open, Public, Electronic and Necessary (OPEN) Government Data Act, a sweeping, government-wide mandate requiring U.S. federal agencies to publish all non-sensitive government information – including ...

A great post from SPARC’s  own Mo Nyamweya on crucial work to quantify financial impact of OER on students;  A thoughtfu...
12/21/2018
A New Method for Estimating OER Savings - SPARC

A great post from SPARC’s own Mo Nyamweya on crucial work to quantify financial impact of OER on students; A thoughtful, methodical effort to begin to get true handle on savings students can see by using open resources. Care about college affordability? Please read! https://sparcopen.org/news/2018/estimating-oer-student-savings/

A new, nationally-representative study finds that students save $116.94 on average when assigned OER in place of traditional materials.

These people are what make OpenCon so special....
11/05/2018

These people are what make OpenCon so special....

Amazing day at the United  Nations... the UN Sponsored an OpenCon Satellite event in honor of Open Access Week; SPARC’s ...
10/23/2018

Amazing day at the United Nations... the UN Sponsored an OpenCon Satellite event in honor of Open Access Week; SPARC’s Nick Shockey provided opening comments and panel moderation; and Heather Joseph was the opening keynote speaker along with Jean-Claude Burgelman from the European Commission. Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden joined us in the afternoon, and host of our wonderful OpenCon Alumni shared their latest work. Fabulous to have our home-grown SPARC events reaching new heights!

Spending the day digging into FAIR data!
09/12/2018

Spending the day digging into FAIR data!

Had a terrific, packed day of conversations  at MIT with Chris Spitzer Bourg and the MIT library and press crews, the OA...
09/11/2018

Had a terrific, packed day of conversations at MIT with Chris Spitzer Bourg and the MIT library and press crews, the OA Task Force and more. Energy and action everywhere..:)

09/08/2018

‪Delighted to report that California Governor Jerry Brown has just signed AB 2192, a law mandating Public Access to all articles reporting on California State-funded research, into law! Thanks to ALL of our California member libraries for your support on this - and big thanks to those of you who wrote letters and sent folks to testify in Sacramento!

A group of European Research funders, supported by the European Commission and European Research Council, has just relea...
09/04/2018
Science Europe – cOAlition S

A group of European Research funders, supported by the European Commission and European Research Council, has just released plans to move to full, immediate Open Access for scientific articles. “Plan S” calls for “research publications that are generated through research grants to be fully and immediately open…” For full details, see:
https://www.scienceeurope.org/coalition-s/

Thanks to CA State Assemblyman Mark Stone, AB 2192 is about to become law in California!
08/28/2018

Thanks to CA State Assemblyman Mark Stone, AB 2192 is about to become law in California!

Nick Shockey doing a terrific job of summarizing session on Open Access at the Wilson Center today!
06/27/2018

Nick Shockey doing a terrific job of summarizing session on Open Access at the Wilson Center today!

Today’s SPARC/ACRL Forum was thoughtful, provocative and powerful - on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Scholarly Comm...
06/23/2018

Today’s SPARC/ACRL Forum was thoughtful, provocative and powerful - on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Scholarly Communications. Big thanks to our moderator, Yasmeen Shorish, and wonderful panelists - Siko Bouterse, Michelle Baildon, and Bergius Jules!

This year's theme for International Open Access Week will be "Designing Equitable Foundations for Open Knowledge" and fo...
05/24/2018
Theme of 2018 International Open Access Week To Be “Designing Equitable Foundations for Open Knowledge”

This year's theme for International Open Access Week will be "Designing Equitable Foundations for Open Knowledge" and focus on catalyzing conversations to help create a more equitable system of open research & scholarship.

The 2018 Open Access Week Advisory Committee is pleased to announce that the theme for the 2018 International Open Access Week, to be held October 22-28, will…

SPARC’s Executive Director Heather Joseph is spending the day helping to shape national strategy on “Leveraging Data as ...
05/23/2018

SPARC’s Executive Director Heather Joseph is spending the day helping to shape national strategy on “Leveraging Data as a Strategic Asset” - At White House Old Executive Office Building

Pleased to have Team SPARC (Ada Emmett, Nick Shockey and Heather Joseph) participating in today’s excellent daylong meet...
05/08/2018

Pleased to have Team SPARC (Ada Emmett, Nick Shockey and Heather Joseph) participating in today’s excellent daylong meeting with research funders exploring collective Open Access Policy strategies... Big Thanks to our hosts (and friends) Peter Suber and Stuart Shieber.

This is what happens when NPR invites SPARC to their headquarters...:).
05/04/2018

This is what happens when NPR invites SPARC to their headquarters...:).

Washington Post on new $5 million appropriation for Open Textbooks, the need for OER and so much more...also featuring q...
04/16/2018
Battle over college course material is a textbook example of technological change

Washington Post on new $5 million appropriation for Open Textbooks, the need for OER and so much more...also featuring quotes from own Nicole Allen.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/battle-over-college-course-material-is-a-textbook-example-of-technological-change/2018/04/14/fb3d0394-0db5-11e8-95a5-c396801049ef_story.html?utm_term=.00d5ba26aeaf

There are traditional books, electronic books, digital codes. What’s best for students?

Big win! Congress includes $5M for open textbooks in FY18 spending bill to make college more affordable for students. #o...
03/22/2018
Congress Funds $5 Million Open Textbook Grant Program in 2018 Spending Bill - SPARC

Big win! Congress includes $5M for open textbooks in FY18 spending bill to make college more affordable for students. #opentextbooksFY18 https://sparcopen.org/news/2018/open-textbooks-fy18/

Share Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share via Email In a landmark victory for the Open Education movement, the U.S. Congress has included funding for a $5 million open textbook grant program in the Fiscal Year 2018 omnibus appropriations bill unveiled today. This marks the first major investmen...

SPARC in Edinburgh..:)
03/14/2018

SPARC in Edinburgh..:)

Thanks to our wonderful friends and colleagues at SPARC Japan for hosting an excellent Open Science Symposium, and for m...
02/22/2018

Thanks to our wonderful friends and colleagues at SPARC Japan for hosting an excellent Open Science Symposium, and for making the week not only incredibly productive, but also fun!

A street advert for tomorrow’s SPARC Japan event, “Beyond Open Science.” Proud to be contributing as a keynote speaker!
02/19/2018

A street advert for tomorrow’s SPARC Japan event, “Beyond Open Science.” Proud to be contributing as a keynote speaker!

Contract position available to help @SPARC_NA with its communications. Firms and individuals welcome to apply. Click her...
02/16/2018
Request for Proposals - SPARC

Contract position available to help @SPARC_NA with its communications. Firms and individuals welcome to apply. Click here for RFP and scope of work. Deadline is March 2.

Share Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share via Email Advocacy and Member Communications Support Issued: February 16, 2018 Submissions Due: March 2, 2018 Project Name: Advocacy and Member Communications Support for SPARCSPARC, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, is seeking....

Thank you to all of the SPARC members who came to today’s strategy session on Community Owned/Controlled Infrastructure ...
02/12/2018

Thank you to all of the SPARC members who came to today’s strategy session on Community Owned/Controlled Infrastructure - we so appreciate the discussion and the direct feedback!

The ACRL/SPARC Forum is about to get underway - talking community control of critical infrastructure....
02/10/2018

The ACRL/SPARC Forum is about to get underway - talking community control of critical infrastructure....

Team SPARC at work in snowy Denver here at ALA midwinter... great to connect with friends old and new!
02/10/2018

Team SPARC at work in snowy Denver here at ALA midwinter... great to connect with friends old and new!

Want to be SPARC's Open Education Advocacy Fellow? Visit our website to find how!
02/05/2018
Position Available: Open Education Advocacy Fellow - SPARC

Want to be SPARC's Open Education Advocacy Fellow? Visit our website to find how!

Share Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share via Email SPARC is seeking a Fellow who is ready to contribute to the advocacy, policy, and communications work SPARC in the area of Open Education. SPARC maintains a robust policy portfolio at the state/province, national, and international level on Op...

SPARC is hiring for an advocacy fellow for its R2RC program! Check it out and apply!
02/05/2018
Position Available: Right to Research Coalition Advocacy Fellow - SPARC

SPARC is hiring for an advocacy fellow for its R2RC program! Check it out and apply!

Share Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share via Email The Right to Research Coalition (R2RC) is seeking a Fellow who is ready and willing to contribute to its advocacy and policy work. The R2RC is a coalition of organizations representing millions of students around the world focused on the belie...

Our January 2018 Innovator Award goes to BCcampus for their great work promoting Open Education!  Check out the full pro...
01/29/2018
SPARC Innovator Award - SPARC

Our January 2018 Innovator Award goes to BCcampus for their great work promoting Open Education! Check out the full profile of their work: https://sparcopen.org/our-work/innovator/

The SPARC Innovator Award is an initiative that recognizes an individual, institution, or group that exemplifies SPARC principles by working to challenge

SPARC's Nicole Allen and Katie Steen hard at work today promoting OER legislation on the Hill - with Rep. Curbelo (R-FL)...
01/17/2018

SPARC's Nicole Allen and Katie Steen hard at work today promoting OER legislation on the Hill - with Rep. Curbelo (R-FL).

Great to start the year off in Victoria, BC with SPARC Steering Committee member Juan Pablo Alperin and Executive Direct...
01/11/2018

Great to start the year off in Victoria, BC with SPARC Steering Committee member Juan Pablo Alperin and Executive Director Heather Joseph participating in terrific INKE meeting. Bonus round: recent former SPARCie Brady Yano popped in for visit fresh from his internship with the BC Government!

SPARCies in SPARCwear celebrating the season..:) Nicole Allen and Katie Steen sporting SPARC colors!
12/22/2017

SPARCies in SPARCwear celebrating the season..:) Nicole Allen and Katie Steen sporting SPARC colors!

Such a privilege for team SPARC to support our colleagues in Nepal in hosting the first Asian Regional Meeting on Open A...
12/20/2017

Such a privilege for team SPARC to support our colleagues in Nepal in hosting the first Asian Regional Meeting on Open Access. Thanks to Roshan Karn and his amazing organizing team for a fantastic, productive - and energy-filled - meeting!

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