Open Access

September 22, 2009

The organizers of the popular Sparky Awards, a contest that recognizes the best new short videos on the value of information sharing, have announced that Pat Aufderheide, Director of the Center for Social Media and professor at American University, and Ben Moskowitz, organizer of the Open Video Alliance and co-founder of the Berkeley Students for Free Culture chapter, will help select the winners of the 2009 international contest. These additions to the judges’ panel reflect how vital the open sharing of information is to both students and faculty, and that the Sparky Awards is a unique forum to bring together stakeholders from across campus to the discussion on access to research.

November 29, 2012
SPARC (The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) is pleased to announce the dates for our second biennial North American meeting on Open Access on March 2-4, 2014 in Kansas City. 
September 11, 2006

Publishing cooperatives — owned, controlled, and benefiting non–profit publishers — would provide an organizational and financial structure well suited to balancing society publishers’ twin imperatives of financial sustainability and mission fulfillment. Market challenges and structural constraints often render it difficult for small society publishers to compete individually. Publishing cooperatives would allow society publishers to remain independent while operating collectively to overcome both structural and strategic disadvantages and to address the inefficiencies in the market for academic journals. Publishing cooperatives can provide a scaleable publishing model that aligns with the values of the academy while providing a practical financial framework capable of sustaining society publishing programs.

May 26, 2011

SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) today released a free online Open Access Journal Publishing Resource Index with information and documents to support the launch and operation of an open-access journal. Materials in the index will help libraries, presses, and other academic units on campuses as they work together to make the work of their researchers more widely available.

August 13, 2007

With the establishment of the Office of Scholarly Communication and Publishing (OSCP), UW-Madison librarians will begin publicizing the availability of funding support for open-access publishing as a part of their outreach and liaison activities.

May 13, 2010

SPARC, in partnership with SPARC Europe and SPARC Japan/National Institute of Informatics, announces the next installment of the popular SPARC Digital Repositories Meeting will be held November 8 & 9, 2010 at the Renaissance Harborplace Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland.

September 17, 2009

Open Access Week began as a National Day of Action organized by students. The now-annual international event, which raises awareness of Open Access among researchers, administrators, librarians, and students alike – and has been celebrated by campuses in 30 countries – was inspired by the singular energy and demand for targeted action that characterizes these young advocates.

January 30, 2013

While the debate continues over U.S. federal policies to ensure the results of scientific research are openly accessible online, a key group of critical, private research funders has moved quietly and steadily to make such policies a reality.

Pages

SPARC Resources

View resource portal»

Why Access Matters