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October 20, 2014

SPARC is pleased to join with PLOS and OASPA in announcing the release of an update to the popular HowOpenIsIt? Open Access Spectrum (OAS) guide.

October 01, 2014

On September 29th, California Governor Jerry Brown signed AB609, The California Taxpayer Access to Publicly Funded Research Act, into law.

September 29, 2014

This morning I represented SPARC at a White House event announcing the winners of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Grant Program's fourth and final round. The event featured remarks from Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, and Secretary of Labor Tom Perez.

September 25, 2014

Yesterday President Obama announced a new initiative to promote open education as part of an update to the U.S. Open Government National Action Plan. This exciting development represents an important milestone in U.S.

September 18, 2014

A new briefing paper on state-level open educational resources policy was released yesterday by the Education Commission of the States (ECS), a non-partisan think tank that provides education policy advice to U.S. states.

August 07, 2014

For the past decade, SPARC has made it our mission to communicate a clear, concise definition of Open Access – the free, immediate online availability of scholarly articles, coupled with the rights to use those articles fully in the digital environment. These reuse rights are neatly expressed in the widely-used suite of open licenses supported by Creative Commons (CC), which have become the de-facto standard for Open Access journals.

June 26, 2014

Registration is now open for the 11th Annual Open Education Conference (“OpenEd”) on November 19-21 in Washington, D.C. OpenEd is considered the premier international event for the Open Educational Resources (OER) community, and this year will draw hundreds of practitioners, advocates, researchers and policymakers to explore the theme of "achieving the potenital of open."

May 23, 2014

SPARC has officially launched one of our most exciting and anticipated education programs of the year: a campus roadshow that will bring SPARC staff to campuses across North America to educate and energize librarians, students, faculty and others to advance Open Access, Open Education and Open Data.

May 19, 2014

As an organization working on open access policy for more than a decade, we’ve seen the movement grow in so many positive ways — most notably, the number and diversity of organizations who are actively collaborating in this space. Today, I’m very pleased to announce SPARC’s participation in the new Open Policy Network (OPN).

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