A thumbs up for Open Access, but an expensive way of getting there SPARC Europe welcomes the UK Government’s positive interest in Open Access and the Finch report on expanding access to research publications. We are pleased that the issue has gained recognition for its importance and the benefits it can bring. SPARC Europe has long worked to help achieve Open Access in Europe and this development in the UK is significant for its contribution to the worldwide developments around Open Access. This is true of both the so-called ‘Green’ route to Open Access, where research findings are made freely available through Open Access repositories, and the so-called ‘Gold’ route, where articles are made Open Access by the publisher, often (though not in most cases) through a system where the author pays a publication fee.
It's a kickoff Webcast for this year's Open Access Week. We have three distinguished speakers who will showcase the state of open access in their respective countries. SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) announces this year's theme is "Set the Default to Open Access" for Open Access Week (October 22 – 28, 2012). Our first online event to launch this year’s events will be a webcast with three speakers who will showcase the state of open access in each of their countries.
Call in/Log in details: If you did not receive these instructions, please check spam or email andrea [at] arl [dot] org Another free SPARC Europe online event Thursday, July 12, 2012 Registration is free, but required. RSVP by July 9th. In March 2009, the Public Library of Science (PLoS) became the first publisher
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SPARC Europe is an alliance of European academic and research libraries, national libraries, library organisations and research institutions. Our mission and vision Our primary mission is to take the Open Access Movement further. We believe we can do this best by means of Education & advocacy: we give presentations, participate in conferences and workshops, provide Open Access advocacy material, Open Access guidelines and Open Access recommendations Lobbying; we aim at influencing national and international agendas Networking: with members and stakeholders, in meetings, joint projects and other communication means Our work
Online audio and video files from SPARC events, listed by date. To view podcasts with accompanying slides, or events with video, see our Meetings & Events section. (April 21, 2009: Videos have been moved from this page and may be viewed on the SPARC Video Channel ). The OA argument is won