SPARC enews archives are online at http://www.arl.org/sparc/publications/enews
1. News from SPARC and the Alliance for Taxpayer Access
Important articles on access to the scientific literature and data were published this month. Take a look below, under Articles of Interest.
2. SPARC Partner News
Please see the SPARC Web site for a complete list of news from SPARC partners.
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3. Industry Roundup
For the latest industry news, please consult the monthly SPARC Open Access Newsletter, by Peter Suber. This month's edition features:
- Open-access policies at University of Puerto Rico, University of Hong Kong and Concordia University
- FRPAA News
- Important developments in Open Data
- New books, studies, software, awards, and more
4. Resources for Authors
Campus-based funds support open-access publication for authors
An open-access fund is a pool of money set aside by an institution to support publication models that enable free, immediate, online distribution of, and access to, scholarly research. SPARC supports experimentation with open-access funds across institutions of all shapes and sizes. By making it easier for authors to publish in open-access journals, open-access funds foster the exploration of new and innovative publishing models across the research community.
5. Resources for Publishers
Raym Crow will be presenting the keynote address at the annual meeting of the Canadian Association of Learned Journals
in Montreal on May 31st. His presentation--"From the US looking in: Promise and possibility for the research community, scholarly journals, and university libraries in Canada"--will discuss the opportunity for Canadian societies, libraries, and universities to establish a sustainable and equitable journals publishing collaboration.
CONTACT: Raym Crow, SPARC Senior Consultant (crow [at] arl [dot] org)
More SPARC guides, tools, and links for publishers are available on the SPARC Web site.
6. SPARC Resources for Students
Right to Research Coalition Director to present at Apple's AcademiX 2010 - The Digital Natives Are Getting Restless: the Student Voice of the Open Access Movement
Register now to listen in TODAY
Nick Shockey, Director, Right to Research Coalition, Director of Student Advocacy, Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC)
Abstract: Students today are digital natives. We’ve grown up in a world of unfettered access to digital information, instant gratification in the best possible sense. Yet when we need access to scholarly journals, we’re suddenly locked out. Though our education literally depends on them, we’re often cut off from journals crucial to our research, our papers, and our understanding of both details and the larger picture. However, students, in addition to numerous other stakeholders, are quickly realizing that access barriers to journals are as unnecessary as they are harmful. We’re working to reform the current academic publishing system into one that is open and equitably serves the interests of all who depend on it, not just those who can afford the often high cost of access.
Who Should Attend?
AcademiX 2010 is offered to individuals engaged in the production, distribution, and use of scholarly communications who are either employed by, or attend, institutions of Higher Education. The intended audiences are faculty, administrators, instructional technologists, developers, librarians and students.
Register now at http://edseminars.apple.com/event/2610
CONTACT: Nick Shockey, SPARC Director of Student Advocacy (nick [at] arl [dot] org)
Read more on the SPARC-sponsored, Baker-authored Open Students Blog.
7. Upcoming events
SAVE THE DATES:
Saturday, June 26
4:00 - 6:00pm
Washington Convention Center, Room 206
Open Access Week
October 18 - 24, 2010
SPARC Digital Repositories Meeting 2010
November 8 - 9, 2010
Baltimore, MD, USA
These and other important events can be found on the SPARC Activities Calendar.
8. Articles of Interest
- World Bank opens free access to development data, UNAIDS, May 6, 2010.
- Jeffrey Mervis, NSF to Ask Every Grant Applicant for Data Management Plan, Science, May 5, 2010.
- Josh Hadro, Bill would require open access to federally funded research after six months, Library Journal, April 22, 2010.
- Congressman Presses for Broad Open-Access Bill, GenomeWeb Daily News, April 20, 2010.
- Bob Grant, FRPAA's back!, The Scientist, April 20, 2010.
- Electronic Publishing Trust for Development, FRPAA - another small step for mankind?, April 20, 2010.
- Cecilia King, A bill to make federal research available online, The Washington Post, April 19, 2010.
- Kim Hart, House bill would open up taxpayer-funded research, Hillicon Valley, April 19, 2010.
- Andrew Albanese, U.S. Congress Moves On Open Public Access Bill, Publishers Weekly, April 19, 2010.
- House Bill Proposes a Federal Open-Access Policy, GenomeWeb Daily News, April 19, 2010.
- David Bruggeman, Lieberman’s Open Access Bill Gets Some Company, Pasco Phronesis, April 18, 2010.
- Lori A. Goetsch, Frame of Reference: Open Access Starts with You, Change, April 15, 2010.
- John Berry, STM publishers sounded like the health insurance companies, Library Journal, April 15, 2010.
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