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31 October 2019

Latest News and Insights from SPARC Europe

IN TODAY’S UPDATE: To help explain and provide guidance around the Open Data Directive, SPARC Europe has produced an analysis and coupled it with implementation guidance; see highlights of our recent contribution to a soon-to-be-released FAIRSFAIR policy analysis; 10 key prerequisites to securely funding Open infrastructure; meet the newest members of our Board; and an invitation to subscribe to SCOSS news.

Need help understanding the finer points of the new Open Data Directive? 
In July of this year, “The Directive on Open Data and the Re-use of Public Sector Information,” also called the “Open Data Directive” went into effect. Member States have until 16 July 2021 to transpose it, though some countries will be faster than others in doing so. To aid in implementation efforts, SPARC Europe today is releasing a summary coupled with implementation guidance.

As written in our summary: “... the Directive takes positive steps to enhance the way that publicly-funded research data is made available, accessed, shared and re-used. Member States are required to develop national policies for open access to research data resulting from public funding, following the principle of ‘open by default’, while new harmonised rules on re-usability are to be applied to all publicly-funded research data which is already made accessible via open repositories.”

For a deeper understanding of the Directive, download our summary.

A new report from the FAIRSFAIR Project is due out soon; get a preview of our contribution to the piece
This month, SPARC Europe contributed to a policy analysis that’s being produced as part of the FAIRSFAIR EC research project. Our focus: a review of funder research data policies to determine their compliance with FAIR principles, focusing on requirements for data / metadata sharing, long-term stewardship, accessibility, legal interoperability and the timeliness of sharing.

We’re offering a preview – highlights of the piece we authored – in a blog post at SPARC Europe online. The report will be released by the FAIRSFAIR Project later this year. 

Get a sneak peek of our piece of the analysis.

When it comes to securely funding Open Infrastructure, we’ve identified 10 Key Prerequisites. Find out what they are.
In celebration of the recent Open Access Week, SPARC Europe’s director, Vanessa Proudman, shared a blog post for ScholarLed, a consortium of five scholar-led, not-for-profit, open access book publishers. Her topic: 10 key prerequisites for securely funding open infrastructure today and tomorrow; which was also the subject of a speech she gave on the Radical Futures panel at the 2019 OASPA Conference in Copenhagen on 26 September 2019.

Among the prerequisites surfaced in the piece: 

  • Develop a scholarly infrastructure landscape that promotes diversity, one that is more coordinated; a commons.
  • A balance of power needs to exist, since more infrastructure must be shared and built upon together, develop Alfred Marshall’s idea of the industrial district where both collaboration and competition thrive. 
  • Engage and model on existing scholarly communication infrastructure networks to build a healthier connected ecosystem that integrates and works.

For the full list, read our blog piece in full.

SPARC Europe welcomes two new board members
With the terms of two SPARC Europe Board members - Jan Erik Frantsvag and Beate Eellend - coming to an end at the end of this year, our members have elected their successors: Charlotte Wien, Professor of Scholarly Communication at the University of Southern Denmark; and William J. Nixon, Assistant Director (Academic Engagement and Digital Library), University of Glasgow Library. Both have been deeply involved in the Open movement for well over a decade, and William served a previous term on the SPARC Europe Board.

See what they’re saying about joining (and rejoining) the Board.

Are you in the SCOSS loop?
While there are only two months left in 2019, SCOSS is about to enter a particularly busy period. Before the end of the year, three board-vetted services will be presented to the community at large, kicking off the second funding cycle; and a new call for expressions of interests targeting Open infra services will be announced. To remain in-the-know of this and other SCOSS-related news, we invite you to sign up for the SCOSS newsletter if you haven’t already done so.

Subscribe to SCOSS News.

This news brief was compiled and distributed by the SPARC Europe staff. Any questions or comments can be directed to Angela Walseng, Communications Adviser for SPARC Europe. 
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