August 18: ORFG Seed Awards: First Webinar R1
This webinar will highlight the Open Scholarship Seed Award Program recently launched by the Open Research Funders Group (ORFG). This award aims to provide up to USD 4,999 to projects strengthening open scholarship engagement among academic communities at Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) in the U.S. or at academic institutions in low and middle-income countries.
This first webinar is to share more about the program, its objectives, and how it can benefit eligible projects. During the call, we will share insights on the application process and discuss how these programs can make a difference in empowering scholars to embed open scholarship principles in academic communities.
April 25: COAPI Community Call
Please join us for the next COAPI Community Call on Tuesday, April 25, at 2:00 pm EST.
Kathleen Shearer from COAR and Tina Baich from the U.S. Repository Network will join us to share how they are working together to support the roll out of recent funder public access developments and initiatives such as the OSTP Year of Open Science.
The format of the COAPI Community Calls is modeled on SPARC's OpenCon librarian community calls, which seek to create a supportive environment where challenges can be candidly shared and everyone present is encouraged to participate in and shape the discussion.
April 10: COAPI Community Call: Understanding the 2022 OSTP Memo and Responding to Agency Public Access Plans
Katie Steen-James, SPARC’s Manager of Public Policy & Advocacy, will provide an update on implementation of the 2022 OSTP Memo and NIH's current Request for Information on their draft public access plan. She will walk through SPARC's analysis of NIH's plan, outline recommendations the library community may consider in responding to the agency's RFI, and review timing for forthcoming agency plans. There will be ample time for Q&A and for participants to discuss how they are preparing for the implementation of the memo on campus.
April 06: U.S. Repository Network Action Plan Update
This session will share information about the development of the USRN and progress on its Action Plan 2022-2023, including desirable characteristics for digital publication repositories. A set of desirable characteristics alongside good practices is necessary to establish suitability of a digital publication repository to be an “agency-designated” repository for federally funded research as outlined in the August 2023 OSTP Memorandum. These desirable characteristics are intended to align/work in parallel with OSTP’s already issued Desirable Characteristics of Data Repositories for Federally Funded Research.
The U.S. Repository Network (USRN) is envisioned as an inclusive community committed to advancing repositories in the U.S. through advocacy, good practices, and community building. In this context, “U.S. repositories” refers to all open research repositories based in the U.S. regardless of content, host, or platform. That is, repositories containing articles, data, gray literature, and emerging forms of scholarship; repositories hosted by higher education institutions, research centers, or other nonprofit organizations; and repositories using open source or vended platforms, are considered to be part of this network. All such repositories are welcome to participate in the USRN as we seek to build value for all repositories in the U.S.
Join us to learn more about the U.S. Repository Network and inform its future work on April 6, 2023, 4-5pm ET.
March 29: Open Textbook Pilot Rapid Reaction Webcast
SPARC’s policy team will offer an overview of the 2023 notice inviting applications for the Department of Education's Open Textbook Pilot Program and successful grantees from previous rounds will offer insights.
February 08: 3rd United Nations Open Science Conference
From 8 to 10 February 2023—in the lead-up to the International Day of Women and Girls in Science—the 3rd Open Science Conference will bring together policy makers, representatives of intergovernmental organizations, researchers, scholars, librarians, publishers, and civil society.
January 19: Public Domain Day 2023
Join us in celebrating the Internet Archive-hosted Public Domain Day 2023 celebration!
January 18: SPARC Virtual Member Meeting
Join us for a virtual SPARC member meeting on Wednesday, January 18th, from 1-2pm ET / 10-11am PT. The conversation on the 18th will focus on SPARC’s planned 2023 program priorities, which have been shaped by your feedback on what SPARC is uniquely positioned to work on as well as our discussions last month during our in-person member meetup at CNI. We’re looking forward to sharing a summary of our plans for 2023 and discussing them with you before finalizing our program priorities for the year.