News Archives - 2006

May 18, 2006

SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) today announced a partnership with Bioline International, an online publishing service that provides open access to peer-reviewed research journals published in developing countries.

May 11, 2006

The upcoming SPARC-ACRL forum on emerging issues in scholarly communication, to be held during the American Library Association’s annual meeting in New Orleans, will explore questions related to the field of Open Data. The forum will feature experts who are familiar with the issues associated with Open Data and known for their analysis of the evolving scholarly communication scene.

May 05, 2006
Ray English and Peter Suber, C&RL News
Two very important pieces of legislation that would markedly increase public access to taxpayer-funded research have been introduced into the U.S. Senate. The Federal Research Public Access Act of 2006, introduced by Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) and cosponsored by Senator Joseph Lieberman (D-CT), would require free online access within six months of publication for virtually all peer-reviewed journal articles resulting from federally funded research.
May 03, 2006

A smoldering debate over whether taxpayers should have free access to the results of federally financed research intensified yesterday with the introduction of Senate legislation that would mandate that the information be posted on the Internet.

April 24, 2006

In this 22 minute recording, we'll hear from Heather Joseph, Executive Director ofSPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition). She'll be sharing some information about the activities of SPARC, The Alliance for Taxpayer Access, and we'll talk about open access. We'll also touch on their international efforts including the launch of SPARC Japan and SPARC's interest in the World Intellectual Property Organization.

April 18, 2006

SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) has named Herbert Van de Sompel, who leads the Digital Library Research and Prototyping Team at the Research Library of the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), as the first SPARC Innovator. The SPARC Innovator program is a new initiative that recognizes an individual, institution, or group that exemplifies SPARC principles by working to challenge the status quo in scholarly communication for the benefit of researchers, libraries, universities, and the public. SPARC Innovators will be featured on the SPARC Web site each quarter.

April 06, 2006

GWLA is the first library consortium to join OAWG. Adrian Alexander, GWLA Executive Director, will represent the Alliance. (April 6, 2006)

February 21, 2006

The SPARC Steering Committee, whose newest members began their three-year terms on January 1, has elected Ray English to the position of Chair. English, the Azariah Smith Root Director of Libraries at Oberlin College, has served as a SPARC Steering Committee member since 1999.

February 01, 2006

When I stepped into the role of SPARC director in July 2005, I thought I was reasonably familiar with this dynamic, action-oriented organization. From my vantage point in helping to launch and to lead BioOne—a collaborative publishing venture that was among the first projects founded by SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Acadmic Resources Coalition)—I thought I was well versed in SPARC’s founding principles and proactive agenda. But as the realities of leading our day-to-day activities have become clear, I have been reminded time and again of the challenges inherent in the unique role that SPARC plays—identifying opportunities to effect positive change in the scholarly communication system and creating and supporting programs that advance those changes.

January 04, 2006

I am pleased to announce that the following individuals have been selected by SPARC's voting membership to serve on the SPARC Steering Committee for three-year terms (January 2006-December 2008), effective this month: