SPARC Blog

August 17, 2015

Latin America is one of the world’s most progressive regions in terms of open access and adoption of sustainable, cooperative models for disseminating research; models that ensure that researchers and citizens have access to the results of research conducted in their region.

August 04, 2015

Today, a broad coalition of more than 90 organizations representing the education, library, technology, public interest and legal communities released a letter calling on President Obama to open up educational materials created with federal taxpayer funds.

July 29, 2015

It’s indeed a truism to say that changes in U.S. public policy happen slowly; entrenched interests fight against what they perceive to be radical changes, and most policymakers are reluctant to change things too quickly. As a result, most advances are incremental, with new policies building on existing ones, step by tiny step.

July 27, 2015

After a month of intense conversations and negotiations, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) will bring the "Fair Access to Science and Technology Research (FASTR) Act" up for mark-up on Wednesday, July 29th.

June 16, 2015

As evidence of the continued importance of open access in contemporary research culture, several prominent colleges and universities have recently adopted open access policies or resolutions, maximizing the reach and impact of their faculty’s scholarship: Pennsylvania State University

June 10, 2015

Yesterday, during the annual meeting of the NIH PubMed Central (PMC) National Advisory Committee, NIH staff noted that they were working to include Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)-funded articles into the PMC database.

May 20, 2015

Earlier today, SPARC joined with our colleagues from the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) and 22 other international organizations to raise serious objections to the latest revisions to Elsevier’s article sharing policy.  The revisions ma

April 08, 2015

Next Up for Agency Public Access Plans: NOAA
Heather Joseph, Executive Director, SPARC

April 06, 2015

NIST Releases Public Access Plan: Agency will Partner with NIH to use PMC Platform
Heather Joseph, Executive Director, SPARC

March 24, 2015

Last week, the National Science Foundation (NSF) released its plan to establish policies to ensure public access to articles and data resulting from its funded research, as required by the February 2013 White House directive.

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