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Latest News

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



September 21, 2015
Jessica Mendoza, Christian Science Monitor
Scientists have developed a comprehensive, open map of the relationships among all known life. The project illustrates how open-science principles and digital technology can bring together information to expand understanding of a complex subject.
August 17, 2015
Latin America is one of the world’s most progressive regions in terms of open access and adoption of sustainable, cooperative models for disseminating research; models that ensure that researchers and citizens have access to the results of research conducted in their region.
August 04, 2015

For Immediate Release                                                               Contact:          Nicole Allen
August 4, 2015                                                                                                (202) 750-1637

August 03, 2015
Tara García Mathewson
The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs voted in favor of a bill that would require publicly funded research to be made available online, for free, within a year of publication.
July 30, 2015
Lisa Peet
While FASTR was up for consideration by the Senate during the last three sessions of Congress, it had not gotten traction as a stand-alone bill until the summer of 2015.
July 30, 2015
Mario Trujillo
A Senate panel on Wednesday passed legislation to require certain federally funded research to be open to the public.
July 29, 2015
Jocelyn Kaiser
Open-access advocates are heralding a Senate panel’s approval today of a bill that would require U.S. science agencies to make the peer-reviewed research papers they fund freely available to the public.
July 29, 2015

For Immediate Release: July 29, 2015

Contact: Ranit Schmelzer
202-5380-1065 |

July 27, 2015
Heather Joseph, SPARC
After a month of intense conversations and negotiations, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) will bring the "Fair Access to Science and Technology Research (FASTR) Act" up for mark-up on Wednesday, July 29th. The language that will be considered is an amended version of FASTR, officially known as the 'Johnson-Carper Substitute Amendment,' which was officially filed by the HSGAC leadership late on Friday afternoon, per committee rules.