Latest News from SPARC
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
SPARC joined a broad coalition of organizations in responding to the U.S. Department of Education's call for comments on a proposed open licensing policy for competitive grant programs.
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Department of Transportation Releases Comprehensive New Public Access Plan; NSF Announces Arrangement with CHORUS
As we near the end of 2015, there has been a flurry of activity coming from U.S. federal agencies in the Public Access policy arena. Late last week, the Department of Transportation (DOT) released its plan for ensuring public access to articles and data resulting from its funded research, ...
Friday, November 20, 2015
Today, SPARC joined other leaders in the global OER movement to release Foundations for OER Strategy Development. This collaboratively-written document provides a concise analysis of where the global OER movement currently stands: what the common threads are, where the greatest opportunities ...
Thursday, November 19, 2015
“The Right to Read is the Right to Mine…” Those words are not only the tagline for an innovative text and data mining project called ContentMine, but are also a crucial component of the definition of Open Access. The facts contained in scholarly articles are what make them so useful and ...
Thursday, November 12, 2015
Following in the footsteps of other editors and authors, the six editors and thirty-one editorial board members of the Elsevier journal Lingua resigned on October 27, 2015, in protest of Elsevier’s practices. The Lingua editors argued that the journal’s price has steadily increased year after ...
Thursday, October 29, 2015
Today the U.S. Department of Education (ED) announced a new campaign to encourage schools to adopt free, openly licensed educational materials, capping off a historic month of developments for the U.S. open educational resources (OER) movement. Entitled #GoOpen, the new campaign was launched at ...
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Today the White House released its 2016-2017 Open Government National Action Plan, which includes commitments to expand access to open educational resources and the results of federally funded research. This exciting development shows continued support from the Obama administration for these ...
Monday, October 19, 2015
SPARC Launches Open Access Evaluation Tool New Website Quantitatively Documents Journals' Degrees of Openness Washington, DC – SPARC (The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) today announced the launch of the Open Access Spectrum (OAS) Evaluation Tool, which provides a ...