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February 22, 2014
By:
Heather Joseph, Executive Director of SPARC
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.
February 18, 2014
By:
Nicole Allen, SPARC
The Chronicle of Higher Education and Campus Technology recently covered a campus bookstore-sponsored study on Washington state's landmark Open Course Library project. Since the articles left out some important facts, we're devoting this post to set the record straight on how far the project has come and what the data actually show.
February 18, 2014
By:
Harvard Library Office for Scholarly Communication
From February 24th to 28th to celebrate the first-ever Fair Use Week, sponsored by the Harvard Library Office for Scholarly Communication. We will be featuring guest blogs from experts on fair use, libraries, and the law; fair use videos; “How I used Fair Use” stories; and more! Fair Use Week ends with a live Fair Use panel on Friday, February 28th, @2:30pm in the Lamont Library Forum Room. The panelists are: Andy Sellars, Berkman Center Ann Whiteside, Graduate School of Design Laura Quilter, UMass Amherst Ellen Duranceau, MIT Live Tweets #FairUseWeek and @FairUseWeek
February 14, 2014
By:
PLOS
View exceptional real-world applications of Open Access research. Video features six teams of scientists whose innovative reuse of existing research enabled important advances in medical treatment and detection, ecology and science education. These examples demonstrate how the reuse of Open Access research can accelerate scientific progress and benefit society as a whole. Includes comments from Open Access advocates from publishing, academia and industry and features finalists, winners and sponsors from the Accelerating Science Awards Program (ASAP). In addition to stories of innovation spurred by Open Access research, the portfolio includes examples of how Open Access publishing stimulates an economic engine that creates jobs and new businesses worldwide.
February 10, 2014

Open Library Letter on “Journal Usage Half-Life” and Embargo Periods.

February 07, 2014
Open Education Week will take place on March 10-15, 2014. In a similar fashion to Open Access Week, participants across the world will organize events, share resources, produce videos, and take action to celebrate the benefits of free and open sharing in education. SPARC is expanding its work to include Open Educational Resources (OER), which are are teaching, learning, and research resources that either reside in the public domain or carry a license that permits their free use, sharing and adaptation by all users. From textbooks to course materials, videos to software, journals to digital collections, SPARC supports the creation and sharing of open materials and promotes practices and policies that advance this vision. The purpose of this webcast is to provide ideas for how to celebrate Open Education Week on campus. Our three speakers will provide practical tips and advice, so that participants will walk away ready to hold successful events.
January 28, 2014
By:
Nicole Allen, SPARC
A new report released yesterday by consumer advocacy group U.S. PIRG adds to the growing body of evidence linking textbook costs with negative academic consequences. Textbooks are meant to help students learn but can have the opposite effect if the cost is out of reach.
January 27, 2014

For Immediate Release
January 27, 2014

For more information, contact:
Andrea Higginbotham
(202) 296-2296
andrea@arl.org

January 23, 2014
By:
Ian Chant, Library Journal
The omnibus spending bill signed into law by President Obama on January 17 has plenty of wrinkles and details, but one of them is a change that expands the number of federal agencies operating under a mandate to make research they fund available to the public after one year.

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