Past SPARC Events

Below you can find an archive of previous SPARC events. Click here to view upcoming SPARC events.

  • Oct 03

    October 03: What Hachette v. Internet Archive Means for the Continuing Practice of CDL

    12-1p ET / 9-10a PT  ·  

    Whether through a physical or digital copy, lending materials one object at a time is a core library activity. Despite the publisher challenge in Hachette v. Internet Archive that has put a spotlight on this issue, libraries are continuing the practice of controlled digital lending. As the Internet Archive appeals the initial ruling in the case, libraries may have questions about the case and how this decision may impact them.

  • Aug 18

    August 18: ORFG Seed Awards: First Webinar R1

    Webcast Open Education

    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.

  • Apr 25

    April 25: COAPI Community Call

    2 - 3 pm ET  ·   Webcast Open Access

    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.

  • Apr 10

    April 10: COAPI Community Call: Understanding the 2022 OSTP Memo and Responding to Agency Public Access Plans

    2 - 3 pm ET  ·   Webcast Open Access

    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.

  • Apr 06

    April 06: U.S. Repository Network Action Plan Update

    4 - 5pm ET  ·   Webcast Open Access

    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.

  • Mar 29

    March 29: Open Textbook Pilot Rapid Reaction Webcast

    1 - 2pm ET  ·   Webcast Open Education

    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.

  • Feb 08

    February 08: 3rd United Nations Open Science Conference

    9:30am - 1:30pm EST  ·   Webcast Open Access   ·   Open Data

    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.

  • Jan 19

    January 19: Public Domain Day 2023

    4-5p ET | 1-2p PT  ·   Webcast

    Join us in celebrating the Internet Archive-hosted Public Domain Day 2023 celebration!

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