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Earlier this week, Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) and Rep. Larry Bucshon (R-IN) introduced the H.R. 4186, the Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science and Technology (FIRST) Act. It’s a bit surprising that there has been so little coverage of this very controversial bill. Among many troubling provisions, the bill includes language on public access that SPARC strongly opposes.
Note: This blogpost by Current SPARC Steering Committee Member, Kevin Smith, originally appeared on his Duke University Scholarly Communication Blog.
One year ago today, Open Access advocates, researchers, librarians, technology leaders, patient advocates, entrepreneurs, students, and every-day Americans celebrated as the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy issued a landmark directive requiring that the results of all publicly funded research be made freely available. SPARC was among those cheering the loudest.
With spring semester underway, students nationwide have suffered through sticker shock at how much textbook cost. But does that mean every student has access to their textbooks?
Survey says: no.
As SPARC joins many of our friends and partner organizations in marking Copyright Week, we’re watching with interest as the U.S. Congress once again appears to be poised to take positive action to ensure that members of the public have ready access to articles that report on research that their tax dollars support.
Saturday marked the one-year anniversary of the tragic death of Aaron Swartz, an Internet icon, web activist, and computer genius, who fought tirelessly for open access to information and the free diffusion of knowledge. Aaron believed that knowledge should be freely available to everyone across the globe, and although we have by no means reached this lofty goal, by any measure, 2013 was a watershed year for the Open Access movement.
Word from CERN today is that the long-awaited launch of the SCOAP3 Open Access publishing initiative will officially happen on January 1, 2014. As SPARC members are well aware, SCOAP3 (The Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics) is an international collaboration of more than a thousand libraries, library consortia and research organizations who have banded to
Earlier this week, at a satellite meeting of the Berlin 11 Open Access Conference, an innovative new tool to help enable access to research was unveiled.