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May 28, 2014
Today 11 organizations representing the next generation of scholars and researchers announced OpenCon 2014: the Student and Early Career Researcher Conference on Open Access, Open Education and Open Data. Slated for November 15-17 in Washington, DC, the event will bring together students and early career researchers from across the world to learn about the issues, develop critical skills, and return home ready to catalyze action toward a more open system for sharing the world’s information — from scholarly and scientific research, to educational materials, to digital data.
May 22, 2014

The amendment passed by voice vote.

May 19, 2014
Heather Joseph, Executive Director of SPARC
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). OPN is a coalition of organizations and individuals working to support the creation, adoption, and implementation of policies that require that resources produced by public funds are openly licensed.
May 19, 2014
You can join the webcast using the following URL: If you haven't already, please register below so we have an accurate list of participants and can follow up with additional information. Join us on Monday, May 19th, at 2:30pm EDT (7:30pm BST) for a one-hour webcast to help kickoff your planning for this year's International Open Access Week. The webcast will feature a panel of experts who have organized successful Open Access Week events in years past. Each will describe their approach to celebrating the week, give advice on ensuring a successful event, and outline any challenges that other organizers might prepare for. - See more at:
May 14, 2014

Today, SPARC, along with five international partner organizations, released a statement underscoring the importance of immediate, free access to the research of research. The full statement is below.

May 08, 2014
Today, SPARC announced the theme for this year’s International Open Access Week is Generation Open. The theme will highlight the importance of students and early career researchers as advocates for change in the short-term, through institutional and governmental policy, and as the future of the Academy upon whom the ultimate success of the Open Access movement depends.
May 01, 2014
Wellcome Trust
The World Health Organization (WHO) announced today that it will become a member of the open access repository Europe PubMed Central (Europe PMC), joining 25 other life sciences and biomedical research funders. The announcement is in preparation for the launch of the WHO open access policy on 1 July 2014.
April 10, 2014
SPARC's Executive Director, Heather Joseph, talks to the University of Maryland Libraries on the Future of the Research Library.
March 31, 2014
Bryn Geffert, Amherst College's College Librarian
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. The impetus: growing concerns about restrictive terms in ebook contracts, and a recognition that—although libraries can loan print books without limitations—ebook contracts and rights-management protocols often prevent libraries from lending ebooks to the institutions and people who need them.