News Archives

December 05, 2013
By:
Heather Joseph, Executive Director of SPARC
November 24, 2013
While libraries have been managing open access repositories of articles for more than a decade, making research data openly accessible presents new challenges and opportunities. Similarly, open access journal publishing is an established publishing model, while models for openly accessible data repositories are still emerging. The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Memorandum has increased awareness of the interconnectedness of data and the resulting articles on increasing access to the results of federally funded scientific research.
November 21, 2013
By:
Heather Joseph, Executive Director of SPARC
Earlier this week, at a satellite meeting of the Berlin 11 Open Access Conference, an innovative new tool to help enable access to research was unveiled. The Open Access Button, brainchild of undergraduate medical students David Carroll and Joseph McArthur, was designed to tackle the frustration shared by millions of individuals who search for research articles online, only to have their progress slowed – and often halted – by paywall pages requesting payment in exchange for viewing the article.
November 20, 2013

SPARC today applauded Representatives Rubén Hinojosa (D-TX) and George Miller (D-CA) for introducing a House companion bill for the Affordable College Textbook Act, which was introduced in the Senate last week.

November 18, 2013
By:
The Right to Research
In conjunction with this year’s Berlin 11 Open Access meeting, the Max Planck Society and Right to Research Coalition will host the first-ever satellite conference to the Berlin conference series specifically for students and early stage researchers on November 18th in Berlin, Germany. The meeting will convene approximately 85 students and early stage researchers for intimate discussions with leading figures in the Open Access movement, including researchers, publishers, policymakers, advocates, and — most importantly — students themselves. With generous support from the Max Planck Society, the registration fee will only be €20 and a large portion of the participants will have access to travel scholarships to cover all or part of their transportation and accommodation expenses.
November 18, 2013
By:
George Williams, Chronicle of Higher Education
November 14, 2013
By:
SPARC
A discussion draft of the Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science and Technology Act of 2013 (FIRST) currently being circulated would impose significant barriers to the public’s ability to access to taxpayer funded research by restricting federal science agencies’ ability to provide timely, equitable, online access to articles and data reporting on the results of research that they support. The proposed FIRST Act is not in the best interests of the taxpayers who fund the research, the scientists who make use of it by accelerating scientific progress, the teachers and students who rely on its availability for a high-quality education, and the thousands of U.S. businesses, both small and large, which depend on public access to stay competitive in the global marketplace.
November 14, 2013

SPARC today applauded Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Al Franken (D-MN) for introducing the Affordable College Textbook Act of 2013, which would reduce the cost of college textbooks by expanding the use of open educational resources.

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