SPARC Webcast- Tools for Open Access Advocacy: Demystifying Hackathons

Tools for Open Access Advocacy: Demystifying Hackathons

Another free SPARC online event

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

12:00 – 1:00PM EDT (use helpful time converter)

Registration is free, but required. Please RSVP by August 1st.

This webcast requires both a phone dial-in and an Internet connection.

Does the very word “Hackathon” have you crawling to the nearest corner, with visions of computer code dancing in your head? Have you ever wondered what exactly they are, and why you should care? Hackathons can be a great tool, bringing together groups of people to complete a set goal using the combination of their skills – computer-based and otherwise. They are not just for the technologists – your individual expertise can be a vital part of a “hack.” Open Access Week is now just around the corner (October 21-27) and a Hackathon is a great way to stir interest, involvement, and possibly create finished projects using Open Access content.

Our guest speaker, Brian Glanz, is the founder of the Open Science Federation and co-founder of the American chapter of the Open Knowledge Foundation. With both organizations, Brian has lots of experience participating in and deploying Hackathons where Open Access content played a critical part. For two recent examples, he points to the over 100 events associated with in June, and July’s in the scholarly publishing community.

Brian will fully explain what Hackathons are, how you deploy them, and why we in the library community should be participating in and utilizing them.

To accommodate interest in every time zone, this 1-hour event will be recorded and available on our website shortly afterwards.

Please join us for a lively and interactive discussion. SPARC’s Executive Director, Heather Joseph, will be moderating questions during the webcast. Feel free to post preliminary comments and questions for Brian right here.

For additional information, contact SPARC’s Communication’s Manager, Andrea Higginbotham at andrea [at] arl [dot] org.

Save the Date: Oct. 21 Open Access Week 2013 Kick Off Event at the World Bank and online: Redefining Impact

SPARC (The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) and the World Bank have announced they will co-sponsor the kickoff event for Open Access Week 2013 on Monday October 21st in Washington, DC. The live event will take place at the state-of-the-art World Bank facilities and will host a Liveblog and Webcast for those who cannot attend in person. The event will also be recorded, and be available to the community for use during and after local Open Access events.

The event will begin at 3:00 p.m. EST and consist of a 90-minute panel discussion with Open Access experts from a variety of stakeholder groups as well as representatives from the World Bank and SPARC. As this year’s theme is “Open Access: Redefining Impact,” the panelists will discuss Article Level Metrics and changing the way scholarly communication is measured. Speakers will be announced in early September. 

During the event, the winners of the Accelerating Science Award Program (ASAP) will be announced. The ASAP Program, sponsored by 27 global organizations including Google, PLOS, and the Wellcome Trust, recognizes those who have built upon Open Access scientific research for new innovations shaping our society. For more information on the ASAP Program, visit

Click here for full announcement.

Invite: SPARC Europe Open Session at the Pre-LIBER conference in Munich Germany

You are warmly invited to SPARC Europe Open Session in conjunction with the Pre-LIBER conference in Munich, Germany, the 25th of June at 2.30pm-5.30pm.

Venue: Hilton Park Hotel Am Tucherpark 7, 80538.

We will discuss how libraries can make open access work now that open access is moving into the mainstream. Can libraries/universities reallocate funds from the big deals to the support of open access publishing? Speakers for this topic are:

Prof. Björn Brembs, Universität Regensburg, Germany
Prof. Dr. Susanne Weigelin-Schwiedrzik, Pro Vice Chancellor, University of Vienna, Austria
Anna Lundén, Coordinator, the Swedish Library Consortium, BIBSAM, National Library of Sweden
Berndt Dugall, Library Director, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

There will also be an informal discussion between Dr Celina Ramjoué, European Commission and Dr Alma Swan, SPARC Europe’s Director for Advocacy, on how organisations are devoting considerable resources to working for a good open access policy for the EU. How far have we come and what is the nature of progress?

Please send a mail to if you wish to participate in the session. 

Invite in German:

R2RC Partners with PhD Comics for Open Access Week Video!

It’s already been such a lively, interactive, and productive Open Access Week 2012. And now the Right to Research Coalition just launched an amazing video in collaboration with PhD Comics to really wrap up the week nicely. The video entitled “Open Access Explained!” is the perfect resource to give colleagues a quick glimpse into the many reasons why Open Access to research is important for students, researchers, and so many other stakeholders. 

Please take a look, pass around, use in your remaining OA Week events, and post.

Happy OA Week to you and yours. We hope to have an informational wrap up of the many events that took place (and continue to take place) this week! Speaking of which don’t forget to keep the posts of your events up to date on our OA Week Website.


R2RC Partners with PhD Comics for Open Access Week Video!

To close Open Access Week 2012, we’re excited to announce our video collaboration with PhD Comics to produce “Open Access Explained!”.   The comic-style animated video is a great resource to explain the basics of Open Access and why it’s important to friends, family, and colleagues. Take a look, and help us spread the word about Open Access throughout the research community and to the public at large! 

R2RC Partners with PhD Comics for Open Access Week Video!

To close Open Access Week 2012, we’re excited to announce our video collaboration with PhD Comics to produce “Open Access Explained!”.   The comic-style animated video is a great resource to explain the basics of Open Access and why it’s important to friends, family, and colleagues. Take a look, and help us spread the word about Open Access throughout the research community and to the public at large! 

Now Online: SPARC/World Bank Open Access Week 2012 Kickoff Webcast “Perspectives on Open Access: Practice, Progress and Pitfalls”

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Monday, October 22, 2012
4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Washington, DC

On Monday October 22nd SPARC and The World Bank Co-sponsored an event entitled “Perspectives on Open Access: Practice, Progress and Pitfalls” at the World Bank. This event served as a kickstart to the sixth Open Access Week.

The distinguished panel of speakers was comprised of experts from the broad range of stakeholders in the Open Access movement: researchers, students, policy makers, publishers and academics. The following speakers discussed why Open Access is an imperative to them, and to their work:

• Michael Carroll, Professor of Law, American University and founding Board Member, Creative Commons
• Matt Cooper, President, The National Association of Graduate-Professional Students
• Maricel Kann, Assistant Professor, University of Maryland and member, PubMed Central National Advisory Committee, NIH
• Carlos Rossel, Publisher, The World Bank
• Neil Thakur, Special Assistant to the Deputy Director, Extramural Research, National Institutes of Health (NIH)

The 90-minute panel was moderated by Heather Joseph, Executive Director, SPARC, and had ample time for questions from audience members both in-person on online. View the World Bank’s Live Website to see the collected questions and the video.

OA Week 2012 in Full Swing

Check out Heather Joseph’s, Excutive Director of SPARC, blog post on OA Week 2012. Snippet below with link to full text:

Open Access Week 2012 is underway, and we here at SPARC are watching with delight as the buzz from the announcements, events, contests, launches, and just plain cool activities underway in the community continues to grow.

Now in its 6th year, SPARC’s Open Access Week, an annual, global event that promotes the adoption of Open Access as the new norm in research and scholarship, is reaching new heights in terms of its breadth of participation and scope of events. Activities are taking place in more than 100 countries around the world; you can get a great sense of the what’s happening by checking out the round-up of events on the official Open Access Week Website.

The week started with a well-attended (and well-received!) kick-off live event and webcast co-sponsored by SPARC and the World Bank featuring a conversation with 5 Open Access Experts. The program featured perspectives from students, publishers, development organizations, federal agencies and researchers, who explored the current status of Open Access and articulated their visions for its successful implementation. Similar events – too numerous to list – are now underway on campuses and in research institutions around the globe.

[Click for full text] 

New OA collaboration: BioOne, Dartmouth and other leading research universities launch Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene

This week, BioOne and Dartmouth announced the upcoming launch of Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene, a new open-access publishing program. Elementa was created through a collaboration among BioOne, Dartmouth, and several other leading research universities, and will publish original research that will report new knowledge of the Earth’s physical, chemical, and biological systems during this era of human impacts. Elementa will publish contributions that explore feedbacks between human and natural systems, and steps that can be taken to ameliorate harmful changes.

The first articles are scheduled for July 2013, and Elementa is uniquely organized into six initial knowledge domains, each led by its own Editor-in-Chief, who will soon be joined by an international team of prominent Associate Editors:

* Atmospheric Science: Detlev Helmig, University of Colorado Boulder
* Earth and Environmental Science: Joel D. Blum, University of Michigan
* Ecology: Donald R. Zak, University of Michigan
* Ocean Science: Jody W. Deming, University of Washington
* Sustainable Engineering: Michael E. Chang, Georgia Institute of Technology
* Sustainability Sciences: Anne Kapuscinski and David R. Peart, Dartmouth

For more information and to stay informed as the program continues to develop, please contact the Program Director, Mark Kurtz at or visit

(download PDF of press release)

ESF-EMRC Science Policy Briefing "Open Access in Biomedical Research"

Just in time for Open Access Week 2012 the European Medical Research Councils (EMRC) of the European Science Foundation (ESF) have now finalized their Science Policy Briefing on Open Access in Biomedical Research. This report aims to accelerate the adoption of open access to research articles in the biomedical sciences.

Link to their press release.

Link to this and other publications.

[Download PDF]

Welcome to the first day of Open Access Week 2012!

There are lots of great events being posted here– please see what is going on your area.

Today also marks the World Bank and SPARC kickoff event. This live-streamed event is a great place to start if you are having problems coming up with things to do. This event will be recorded, and features a Q&A portal and live blog for your use.

These recently launched guides are also quite useful tools: OA Best Practices for Universities  and Open Access Spectrum Guide.

Also check out the Twitter Hashtag #OAweek2012 to see what others are posting!

Please let us know if there is anything we can do to make your OA Week better!


HowOpenIsIt? Open Access Spectrum Guide Released in time for OA Week 2012!

In preparation for Open Access Week (October 22-28), we are issuing the final version of the Open Access Spectrum Guide (OAS) today so that people can download and print it for their use next week and beyond. This resource outlines the core components of open access (e.g., reader rights, reuse rights, copyrights, author posting rights, etc.) across the continuum from “open access” to “restricted access”. Its aim is to help authors make informed decisions on where to publish based on journal policies. It also provides a resource for funders and other organizations to help establish criteria for the level of Open Access required for their policies and mandates. Ultimately, the conversation must shift from “Is It Open Access?” to “HowOpenIsIt?” The phrase “HowOpenIsIt?” will be used for a family of offerings to foster and promote open access in research communications. The Open Access Spectrum is our first program with more to come. Today’s content also includes an FAQ and a Chinese translation (Spanish translation coming soon).

The public comment period, which lasted two weeks, generated 60 responses from 11 countries. We received input from publishers, librarians, authors, editors, and research funders, among others. Of the 26 entries in the draft table, 18 were edited and improved as a result of this feedback. The most notable change was an additional entry to the “Copyrights” category. The draft version included four definitions along the Open Access Spectrum. The final version added a fifth: Publisher holds copyright, with some allowances for author and reader reuse of published version.

The Guide is available in many languages from the above link, but here are some helpful PDF’s below:

[Download PDF]

[Download FAQ]

[Download PowerPoint Slides]

How Open Is It? Draft Document for Open Access- Feedback Please!

Not all Open Access is created equal. To move beyond the seemingly simple question of “Is it Open Access?” PLOS, SPARC and OASPA have collaborated to develop a resource called “HowOpenIsIt?” This resource identifies the core components of open access (OA) and how they are implemented across the spectrum between “Open Access” and “Closed Access”. We recognize there are philosophical disagreements regarding OA and this resource will not resolve those differences. 
We are seeking input on the accuracy and completeness of how OA is defined in this guide. Download the open review draft and provide feedback below in the comment form on SPARC’s website. In its final form, this guide will provide an easily understandable, comprehensive, and quantifiable resource to help authors make informed decisions on where to publish based on publisher policies.
With this guide we aim to provide greater clarity regarding its definition and components. All suggestions will be considered and a final version will be released during Open Access Week (October 22 -28, 2012). The comment period will close on Monday, October 8, at 5:00pm (EST).