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Ready, steady, pledge! SCOSS’s third pledging round is now open

The Global Sustainability Coalition for Open Science Services (SCOSS), a part of SPARC Europe, has successfully supported two pledging rounds for Open Science Infrastructures (OSIs) helping them secure a sustainable future. After a rigorous evaluation process, SCOSS has chosen organizations which will be part of its 3rd round. We are happy to welcome arXiv, AmeliCA/Redalyc, and DSpace on board!

arXiv is a curated open platform where researchers around the world can share and discover new, relevant, emerging science and establish their contribution to advancing research. As a pioneer in digital open access with a 30-year history, and as the original preprint server, now hosts more than 1.9 million scholarly articles in eight subject areas, curated by our strong community of volunteer moderators who balance content quality and distribution speed. arXiv offers solutions for a broad range of services: article submission, compilation, production, retrieval, search and discovery, web distribution for human readers, and API distribution for machines, together with content curation and preservation. arXiv’s emphasis on openness, collaboration, and scholarship provide the strong foundation on which arXiv thrives.

Redalyc/ AmeliCA
Redalyc, based in Mexico and supported by the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico (UAEM), was established in 2003 as an Open Access journal index and article-hosting platform for scholarly Open Access journals published in Latin America, the Caribbean, Spain, and Portugal.  Redalyc includes journal quality assessment processes, full-text articles' hosting, automatic editorial workflow technology, metrics and author-level services. In 2018, Redalyc sought to expand its international scope. Currently, the infrastructure provides services to more than 1,400 Open Access peer-reviewed journals published by 670 institutions from 31 countries, including journals from Asia, Africa, and Europe. It provides access to more than 700,000 full-text articles in several different languages authored by 1.8 million authors from 150 countries.

AmeliCA is a multi-institutional community-driven initiative supported by UNESCO and led by Redalyc and CLACSO.  It fosters collaboration among different stakeholders, such as universities, journal editors, libraries, and the research community. AmeliCA’s driving force is its approach of science as a global public good to achieve more equitable and sustainable non-commercial scholarly communications through the respect of bibliodiversity and multilingualism that enables the academic community to lead, control, and own the lifecycle of knowledge production and communication.

DSpace is one of the most widely adopted open-source repository software in the world for managing research and scholarly materials across all disciplines, and cultural heritage materials of all types, with a focus on open access, preservation, and storage.
DSpace’s mission is to provide superior open-source software by harnessing the skills of an active developer community, the energy and insights of engaged and active users, and the financial support of program members and registered service providers. DSpace is free to download, easy to install, and completely customizable to fit the needs of any organization. DSpace is used by more than 3,000 academic libraries, research centres, governments, national libraries, not-for-profit, and commercial organizations.
We hope that you will consider contributing to one, two, or all three of these carefully chosen Open Science Infrastructures.  Let’s work together to build a healthy Open Science ecosystem!

Watch Two-Minute Pitches to learn more about each organization:

Read more about how to pledge here

What you told us - responses to our consultation on SCOSS’s future

Four years into its existence, the Global Sustainability Coalition for Open Science Services (SCOSS), with three pledging rounds under its belt and over 3.3 million euros raised for the Open Science Infrastructures, is working on its strategy for the coming three years. As step one in this journey, SCOSS conducted a consultation to understand awareness and perceptions of the sustainability of the Open Science Infrastructure in the sector and the role SCOSS plays in providing support.

As part of this consultation, SCOSS undertook a survey which attracted over 200 responses. We are incredibly grateful to everyone who took the time to respond to the survey, and are delighted to share some of the results with you! The responses we collected will inform our strategy for the coming years. More on the strategy in the next newsletter. Stay tuned!

Read more on the SCOSS consultation results here

Toward a 21st-century copyright environment across Europe. Knowledge Rights 21 project launches 

SPARC Europe is thrilled to be a part of the Knowledge Rights 21 (KR21) project, which launched on 23 September. Stichting IFLA Foundation signed an agreement for a grant from Arcadia to launch a new programme to promote access to knowledge for study, research and cultural life in Europe. We very much look forward to working with IFLA and LIBER on this project.

KR21 will focus on the following key areas:
  • Facilitating fair access to e-books for users of public, national, educational and research libraries;
  • Protecting users’ rights under copyright legislation from contract override and technological protection measures that undermine statutory exceptions to copyright;
  • Promoting the case for the introduction of open and flexible copyright norms in Europe to aid research, teaching and learning;
  • Advocating for a legislated scholarly publication / secondary publishing right in laws;
  • Accelerating the uptake of author rights retention activities and open licensing in Europe.

We are looking forward to collaborating to support libraries in advocating for better policies and laws across Europe!

Read the KR21 press release for details here

Happy 1st birthday to the Open Access Books Network

On 15 September the Open Access Books Network (OABN) celebrated its first birthday. Although only one-year-old, the network has already established itself as an important actor in the OA books community. The network, founded by representatives of SPARC Europe, OPERAS, OAPEN and ScholarLed, has its virtual home on the Hummanities Commons platform. There you can join discussion threads, read blog posts, find OA books-related job ads, and contribute to the event calendar and a library of sources concerning OA books. 

In the past year the OABN has run numerous events focused on OA Books: they had guest speakers talking about funding possibilities, innovative business models, and experimental publishing. The Voices from the OA Books Community series focused on the questions of OA books policy and gathered over 400 participants. It was the largest OA book webinar series to date hosted by OABN.

In a recent statement on OA books issued by cOAlition S the Open Access Books Network was recognized as an “open forum for community input” during the implementation process of their recommendations. In their response, OABN commented: “ This is a great opportunity to begin a process leading towards sustainable policies based on constructive discussions, engagement, and investment from the whole OA books community. We embrace this approach and are keen to help accelerate open access to academic books together with the whole research funding community and all those who practice OA book publishing, authors, researchers, publishers, libraries, infrastructure providers and others."

Happy birthday, OABN!

If you are not yet a member, join OABN here

Under the Open Education Spotlight in Spain

The European Network of Open Education Librarians (ENOEL) published a new video in their ENOEL Practitioners Under the Spotlight webinar series. In this series ENOEL members guide us through their personal journeys with OE. It is a space for network members to ask questions, to get to know each other better and learn from one another.
This time we heard from Professor Gema Santos-Hermosa (University of Barcelona, Spain) about her journey in the Open Education world. 


Watch the video here


Past events

Open Science Fair
The Open Science Fair, co-organized by SPARC Europe alongside OpenAIRE, COAR, EIFL, Force11, LA Referencia, LIBER, OPERAS, and SPARC, took place from 20 to 23 September 2021. SPARC Europe also contributed to two sessions at the OS Fair: first one on invisible infrastructure (The Perils of Being Invisible. Collective funding models for Open Science Infrastructure) and a second one on OS policy (Let's discuss about fairifying OS policies).

Watch all session recordings here

Open Access Days
During the Open Access Tage (Open Access Days) Vanessa Proudman of SPARC Europe gave a presentation entitled "Building human and financial capacity for Diamond OA." In addition, representatives of the infrastructures supported in the second SCOSS pledging round - DOAB and OAPEN, PKP and OpenCitations also ran a workshop on “How Open Infrastructure Benefits Libraries”.

Find all OA Tage 2021 presentations here
See Vanessa's presentation here

OASPA 2021
During the OASPA Conference Agata Morka of SPARC Europe presented a poster entitled "The Open Access Books Network: growing a community."

See the poster here

OE Global
The OE Global Conference 2021 took place during the last week of September, with each day focusing on a different UNESCO OER Recommendation action area. Paola Corti of the SPARC Europe team gave a presentation entitled: "European Academic Libraries at work: let’s build capacity. Together."

Watch all sessions recordings here

Upcoming events

VI International University Library at a New Stage of Social Communications Development
The VI International Conference University Library at a New Stage of Social Communications Development will take place from 7 to 8 October 2021. This year’s topic reads: "Challenges, opportunities and prospects of university libraries in the global scenario of uncertainty." Paola Corti of SPARC Europe, together with the ENOEL members Monique Schoutsen, Kinga Zajac, Kris Meen, Celine Peignen will take the floor to talk about our Open Education network – ENOEL – activities.

Register here

Online Digital Autumn School
On 12 October 2021 at 2 PM CEST during the Online Digital Autumn School with the University Library of Hildesheim Paola Corti of SPARC Europe will speak about how academic libraries in the ENOEL network work together to enhance Open Education at the European level.

See the complete programme here

The OpenEd21 Conference will take place from 18 to 22 October 2021 online. On Tuesday, 19 October 3:30-4:25 PM CEST Paola Corti of SPARC Europe together with ENOEL members Marta Bustillo, Monique Schoutsen, Kristopher Meen, Kinga Zając and Celine Peignen will give a presentation entitled "Open Education Academic Librarians at Work in Europe: Building Capacity with Peers."
On Friday, 22 October 4:00-4:25 PM CEST Paola Corti and Gema Santos-Hermosa will together discuss findings from the recent SPARC Europe OE survey using a dialogue format. The session title is "The UNESCO OER Recommendation and Europe’s Academic Libraries."

Register here

Open Access Week 2021
The International Open Access Week will take place from 25-31 October under a common theme "It Matters How We Open Knowledge: Building Structural Equity." This year's theme was chosen in relation to the UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science to highlight the Recommendation’s call for equitable participation for all producers and consumers of knowledge. The organizers have prepared a helpful comms kit with graphics available in multiple languages, including blank versions that one can customize according to specific needs.

Browse through the OA Week graphics

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