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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).

March 31, 2014

This spring 65 directors of liberal arts college libraries—all members of the Oberlin Group—adopted a statement about ensuring that electronic information flows freely between institutions.

March 12, 2014

Earlier this week, Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) and Rep. Larry Bucshon (R-IN) introduced the H.R. 4186, the Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science and Technology (FIRST) Act.  It’s a bit surprising that there has been so little coverage of this very controversial bill.  Among many troubling provisions, the bill includes language on public access that SPARC strongly opposes. 

March 07, 2014

Note: This blogpost by Current SPARC Steering Committee Member, Kevin Smith, originally appeared on his Duke University Scholarly Communication Blog.

February 22, 2014

One year ago today, Open Access advocates, researchers, librarians, technology leaders, patient advocates, entrepreneurs, students, and every-day Americans celebrated as the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy issued a landmark directive requiring that the results of all publicly funded research be made freely available. SPARC was among those cheering the loudest.

January 28, 2014

With spring semester underway, students nationwide have suffered through sticker shock at how much textbook cost. But does that mean every student has access to their textbooks?

Survey says: no.

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