News Archives - 2009

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.

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.

September 02, 2009
By:
Peter Suber
August 07, 2009

A comment on Reed Elsevier (-) announcement regarding its 2010 science journal pricing announcement: more aggressive pricing than expected.

August 05, 2009

Last month, the University of Kansas became the first public university in the U.S. to adopt a policy to ensure free and open access to the results of the institution’s research outputs. As a growing number of colleges and universities embark on the path toward an institutional open-access policy, SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) invites libraries to take advantage of a new Web resource built to leverage experience gained in establishing such policies to date.

August 05, 2009

Last month, the University of Kansas became the first public university in the U.S. to adopt a policy to ensure free and open access to the results of the institution’s research outputs. As a growing number of colleges and universities embark on the path toward an institutional open-access policy, SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) invites libraries to take advantage of a new Web resource built to leverage experience gained in establishing such policies to date.

July 07, 2009
In making the Award to the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) the judging panel noted their ground-breaking promotion of open access journals, their work on setting copyright, metadata, and preservation standards, and their development of a sustainable model of support. Since its launch in 2003 the DOAJ has become a vital part of the OA infrastructure.
July 02, 2009

For creating forward-thinking publishing policies to expand access and verify scientific research, SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) has named Mike Rossner, executive director of the Rockefeller University Press (RUP) in New York the latest SPARC innovator.

June 25, 2009

A new portal for educational materials on the “concept, principles, advantages, approaches and means to achieving Open Access,” the Open Access Scholarly Information Sourcebook (OASIS), is now online. Launched at the recent ELPUB meeting, the new Web resource was featured at an Open Access Week Web cast today.

June 15, 2009

Library and publishing innovators will offer concrete data and strategies for “Rough waters: Navigating hard times in the scholarly communication marketplace,” at the next SPARC-ACRL forum. The forum, to be held at the Chicago meeting of the American Library Association in July, is co-sponsored by SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) and the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL).

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