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Open Access, Open Data, Open Science & Open Education in Europe
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30. April 2019

Latest News and Insights from SPARC Europe

IN TODAY’S UPDATE: New Brief offers insights on the potential economic efficiencies of making data Open and FAIR; plans emerge for leading a new collaborative effort aimed at helping libraries adjust to the new copyright law; SCOSS attracts three new Consortia funders; and SPARC Europe's latest presentations.

New Brief: Using Open and FAIR data to increase research efficiency
Today we are releasing a new Brief that explores how making data open and FAIR can lead to economic efficiencies. It presents the findings of various models used to forecast potential savings; these are intended to assist research decision makers, such as funders and senior management when making evidence-based decisions regarding data management. The paper also includes examples of useful indicators for measuring efficiency gains. Examples of indicators include time spent searching for data, cost of storage, license costs and research retraction, among others.


Download the paper in full. 

Supporting libraries with copyright and licensing, new collaborative efforts underway
This month, SPARC Europe set in motion planning for a meeting on copyright; it will bring together international organisations that are working to support libraries with copyright and licensing issues in the wake of the passing of the new EU copyright legislation. The goal is to thoroughly explore the broad issue of challenges that libraries face in the coming years to implement this new law - and how organisations, like ours, can support them. 

The gathering will take place 7 & 8 May at the Hague and will be attended by Communia, EBLIDA, the EUA, LIBER, SPARC Europe and IFLA, which is hosting. On the agenda: a review of efforts made by our copyright coalition over the past two years to influence EU lawmakers; future implementation of the new legislation; a discussion of concrete activities necessary to support libraries in making their research legally "open"; and plans for a related workshop slated for 26-28 June at the annual LIBER Conference. 


We encourage you to sign up for the open workshop: European policies and legislation affect academic library leaders and recent changes to copyright, public sector information and Horizon Europe. Plans are to update participants on relevant policy development and to help encourage librarians to engage more with policymaking. Organisers hope to engage and empower library and Open Science leaders to be actively involved in the movement to advance Intellectual Property Rights that better support open access to research.

SCOSS gains three more consortia funders
Over the course of the past month, SCOSS gained 423,000 Euros in newly pledged funds via three new consortia supporters: UK Jisc Consortium, with 29 of its institutions pledging; the Consortium of Swiss Academic Libraries, comprised of 16 libraries and the Swiss National Science Foundation; and the University of California, which has nine campuses. 


Find out more about SCOSS.

SPARC Europe at ANKOSLink and ILIDE International 
Presenting at the ANKOSLink Conference in Turkey earlier this month, SPARC Europe’s Director Vanessa Proudman spoke on sustaining open infrastructure, and SCOSS. The event drew hundreds of participants from roughly 200 universities across Turkey and the wider region. 

Also this month: Vanessa was invited to speak at the
ILIDE International Conference in Slovakia; her topic was the implications of Plan S to libraries. The presentation was one of the first of its kind on the subject.

Review her presentation from ILIDE. 

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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