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In order to support continued adoption of the principles outlined in the Berlin Declaration, as well as to track progress on their implementation, the original signatories agreed to support regular follow-up meetings.
The main goal of this session, as stated by chair Nicole Dewandre (Advisor for Societal Issues at DG CNECT), was to explore how ICT has changed and continues to change our methods of scientific data acquisition and interchange of knowledge between scientific and regular community.
In conjunction with the Berlin 11 Open Access meeting, the Max Planck Society and Right to Research Coalition hosted the first-ever satellite conference to the Berlin conference series specifically for students and early stage researchers on November 18th in Berlin, Germany.
This is a progress report on the quantitative and anecdotal successes of campus-based OA Funds across North America. The full report can be found here.
This resource outlines the core components of open access (e.g., reader rights, reuse rights, copyrights, author posting rights, etc.) across the continuum from “open access” to “restricted access”.
It's been just over a decade since the concept of Open Access (OA) first captured the attention of the scientific and scholarly research community, bringing with it the promise and potential of a shining new digital landscape, in which knowledge is freely shared and freely used, and the pace of s
Developments in Publishers’ Text and Data Mining (TDM) Policy
In agreeing to publish an article in a peer-reviewed journal, an author must retain key rights in order legally to be able to post that article on his or her personal Web site or to submit to an open repository. Signing a traditional publishing agreement may mean giving those rights away. Learn more about retaining rights and the tools that are available to help authors to do so.
This site provides information for libraries, presses, and other academic units interested in launching and maintaining campus-based publishing partnerships. The resource is maintained by an editorial board representing library and university press staff actively engaged in creating and managing publishing partnerships. It reflects their practical experience and provides information on current developments, as well as guidance on best practices.
The following resources support institutions exploring campus-wide policies for Open Access to research. Included are background on the Harvard University Faculty of Arts and Sciences policy, the first in which U.S. faculty voted unanimously for Open Access to be made the default; a guide to implementing a similar policy; and additional tools including videos from the SPARC-ACRL forum.
The following resources may be helpful for those interested in establishing, accessing, or just educating themselves about online repositories, both institutional and disciplinary. Resources include guides, presentation materials, and handbooks produced by SPARC and other organizations. These provide definitions and developments in the field, and point those interested to the growing number of repositories.
This section includes resources to help you understand and communicate the case for open access in scholarly communication. Open access is defined as the dissemination of scientific and scholarly research literature online, free of charge, and free of unnecessary licensing restrictions. Materials below present the latest developments in the open access movement.
An open-access fund is a pool of money set aside by an institution specifically to reimburse processing fees for articles published by members of the institution in open-access journals. While the sections within this resource page highlight different regulations, caveats, and policy decisions that may characterize an open-access fund in practice, the fundamental goal of any open-access fund is to support publication models that enable free, immediate, online distribution of, and access to, scholarly research. By setting aside resources for the express purpose of encouraging authors to publish in open-access journals, open-access funds demonstrate an institution’s concrete support for reshaping the economics of scholarly communication.
During the past several years, Open Data has become a field of urgent interest to researchers, scholars, and librarians. With the amount of scientific data doubling every year, issues surrounding the access, use, and curation of data sets are increasing in importance. The data-rich, researcher-driven environment that is evolving poses new challenges and provides new opportunities in the sharing, review, and publication of research results. Ensuring open access to the data behind the literature will play a key role in seeing that the scholarly communication system evolves in a way that supports the needs of scholars and the academic enterprise as a whole.
Open Educational Resources (OER) are a logical extension of what the library community supports in the Open Access movement, and underscore the need for the larger playing field on which scholarly communication takes place to be made more equitable. OER focus not only on journals, but also on full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials or techniques that are critical in the learning environment.
Advocates for public access seek the public availability of federally funded research. Proponents believe that research made possible by taxpayers should be posted on online repositories to be made accessible to all. SPARC actively pursues international taxpayer access through:
SPARC's Advocacy Program
The Alliance for Taxpayer Access
Also see Meetings & Events for transcripts and recordings of presentations related to Public Access.
Administrators can play a pivotal role in creating cultural and institutional policy change to promote Open Access to articles reporting on research conducted on their campuses.
SPARC serves its members and the academic community as a whole through the pursuit of three strategic directions. As well as reading about SPARC Membership, librarians can learn more about effecting change on their campuses by exploring tools and publications in each of these areas: advocacy, education, and publisher partnerships.
Authors and researchers in all disciplines have many options for sharing their research more widely. Retaining your rights to the articles you produce, supporting public repositories, and exploring new ways to share research are some that are presented here.
SPARC is a resource to reporters from a wide range of publications; they are invited to contact SPARC staff for information and comment, to explore our Web site for detailed information on any topic, and to join our media list for time-sensitive announcements.
SPARC provides a full suite of resources for librarians, authors, publishers, editors, and others who would like to educate themselves and help to create change in the scholarly communication system.
The Right to Research, a SPARC campaign introduced in early 2008, invites college students to consider the question of access to research along with the potential of unfettered access to scholarship. As future authors of scholarly content, students have a singular opportunity to change the way research is shared.