News Archives - 2012

September 12, 2012

Ten years ago, a small group of activists convened in Budapest to discuss ways for the academic community to come together and work to make all research articles in all academic fields freely available online. The participants (which included SPARC’s Founding Executive Director, Rick Johnson) represented a wide variety of academic disciplines, national affiliations, and points of view. All were involved in efforts to create a more open system of scholarly communication.

September 12, 2012

In response to the growing demand to make research free and available to anyone with a computer and an internet connection, a diverse coalition today issued new guidelines that could usher in huge advances in the sciences, medicine, and health.

September 07, 2012

From textbooks to course materials, videos to software, journals to digital collections, Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain, or carry a license that permits their free access and use by all users. Like the Open Access movement, the aim of many OER proponents is for anyone, anytime, anywhere to be able to access and contribute to the advancement of knowledge.

September 03, 2012
Friday, the California State Senate unanimously passed the first of its kind open educational resource digital library, or (OER), offering students free access to textbooks in the most commonly taken lower-division courses at public postsecondary institutions.
September 01, 2012
 1. News from SPARC and the Alliance for Taxpayer Access
August 27, 2012

SPARC (The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) and the World Bank have announced they will co-sponsor the kickoff event for Open Access Week 2012 on Monday October 22nd in Washington, DC. The live event will take place at the state of the art World Bank facilities and will host a Liveblog and Webcast for those who cannot attend in person. The event will also be recorded, and be available to the community for use during and after local Open Access events.

August 13, 2012
By:
Jennifer Howard, The Chronicle of Higher Education
August 08, 2012
By:
Peter Suber, BMJ Editorial
July 23, 2012
By:
Simon Owens, U.S. News and World Report
As Harvard balks at subscription cost and others take a page from its book, open access publishers get a fresh look.

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