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January 17, 2014
By:
Inside Higher Education
January 17, 2014
By:
Andrea Peterson, Washington Post
Proponents of the open access model for academic research notched a huge victory Thursday night when Congress passed a budget that will make about half of taxpayer-funded research available to the public. Deep inside the $1.1 trillion Consolidated Appropriations Act for 2014 is a provision that requires federal agencies under the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education portion of the bill with research budgets of $100 million or more to provide the public with online access to the research that they fund within 12 months of publication in a peer-reviewed journal.
January 16, 2014

Progress toward making taxpayer-funded scientific research freely accessible in a digital environment was reached today with Congressional passage of the FY 2014 Omnibus Appropriations Bill.

January 16, 2014
By:
Stacie Lemick, SPARC
Dr. Philip Bourne to keynote; meeting will explore intersection of “open” movements. Washington, DC – SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) is pleased to announce a strong slate of speakers for its upcoming Open Access Meeting, to be held March 3 and 4 in Kansas City, MO.Dr. Philip Bourne, the newly-appointed Associate Director for Data Science at the National Institutes of Health, will deliver the opening keynote address.
January 15, 2014
By:
Heather Joseph
As SPARC joins many of our friends and partner organizations in marking Copyright Week, we’re watching with interest as the U.S. Congress once again appears to be poised to take positive action to ensure that members of the public have ready access to articles that report on research that their tax dollars support.
January 15, 2014
By:
Rosanna Tamburri, University Affairs
Canada has moved a step closer towards making publicly funded academic research freely available to everyone, not just to those who have access to pricey journal subscriptions.
January 14, 2014
By:
Peter Suber, London School of Economics Blog
Phil Davis has shown that the half-life of research articles differs from field to field. The half-life of an article here is “the median age of articles downloaded from a publisher’s website.” See his study, Journal Usage Half-Life [pdf], November 25, 2013. The study was funded by the Professional & Scholarly Publishing (PSP) division of the Association of American Publishers (AAP) and posted to its web site.
January 13, 2014
By:
Heather Joseph, Executive Director of SPARC
Saturday marked the one-year anniversary of the tragic death of Aaron Swartz, an Internet icon, web activist, and computer genius, who fought tirelessly for open access to information and the free diffusion of knowledge. Aaron believed that knowledge should be freely available to everyone across the globe, and although we have by no means reached this lofty goal, by any measure, 2013 was a watershed year for the Open Access movement.

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