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See below for chronological listing of news items reporting on SPARC, and on issues of interest to the SPARC Community.



July 24, 2014

SPARC believes that Open Educational Resources (OER) provide a new model for disseminating knowledge that takes full advantage of the digital environment. OER are distributed freely online under an open license that grants blanket permission for full reuse rights to the public. Users are free to share, copy, paste, edit, adapt and interact with the content — in short, everything the Internet enables.

July 02, 2014

SPARC and the World Bank will co-host the official kickoff event for International Open Access Week 2014 with a reception to follow. The event will be held at the headquarters of the World Bank in Washington, DC with a live webcast for online participation around the world.

July 02, 2014

For Immediate Release
July 2, 2014

For more information, contact:
Andrea Higginbotham
(202) 296-2296

June 17, 2014
Tom Cochrane, Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Radio National network
Around the world, scientific journals are making money by publishing the work of researchers without paying them. Even worse, their high subscription fees mean important discoveries are locked away from all but a privileged few. QUT’s Professor Tom Cochrane argues for a new system of distributing knowledge.
June 17, 2014

June 17, 2014

Dear ARL and SPARC members,

June 16, 2014
This forum will explore the challenges and opportunities of evaluating open content, across disciplines and across resources types, while identifying promising pathways to identify and use quality open content.
June 11, 2014
The Right to Research Coalition and SPARC are pleased to announce the support of three leading research libraries for OpenCon 2014.
June 10, 2014
The Right to Research Coalition (R2RC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Joseph McArthur as the coalition’s first Assistant Director. Joe joins the R2RC as an accomplished Open Access advocate, having co-founded and co-led the Open Access Button.
May 28, 2014
Today 11 organizations representing the next generation of scholars and researchers announced OpenCon 2014: the Student and Early Career Researcher Conference on Open Access, Open Education and Open Data. Slated for November 15-17 in Washington, DC, the event will bring together students and early career researchers from across the world to learn about the issues, develop critical skills, and return home ready to catalyze action toward a more open system for sharing the world’s information — from scholarly and scientific research, to educational materials, to digital data.


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