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Open Access, Open Data, Open Science & Open Education in Europe
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31. Oct 2018

Latest News and Insights from SPARC Europe

IN TODAY’S UPDATE: An implementation guide involving Plan S and libraries is released; SPARC Europe together with coalition partners submit amendments to PSI Directive; two briefs offer coalition’s stand on Articles 11 & 13 as trilogue begins negotiations; and SCOSS attracts 20 expressions of interest in the runup to its second funding cycle.

10 ways libraries can support the implementation of Plan S
When
Plan S was announced two months ago, SPARC Europe committed to helping support the important initiative. Last week, we released a brief that is one of our first actions to do so. The document is an implementation guide for the Plan S Implementation Task Force. The guide ends by summarising 10 concrete means libraries can play a role in supporting the implementation of Plan S. 

Download the brief. 

SPARC Europe-led coalition submits proposed amendments to PSI directive 
In the ongoing effort to ensure that the library and research communities are considered in the rewriting of European law, SPARC Europe and its coalition partners recently submitted two documents to the European Parliament. Strongly-written law is critical to our collective work toward an Open research society.

Our position and proposed amendments address the 
PSI Directive on the reuse of public sector information and focus on optimising access to publicly funded research data be this funded wholly or partly by the public sector.

Among the content of our proposed amendments: we urge for research data to be made open by default.  In cases where data cannot be made accessible due to requirements by bodies of law, we advocate for a clear justification, openly communicated in machine-readable metadata. We asked for the inclusion of FAIR data principles, including APIs and open protocols; for the consistent use of DMPs. Though the proposal mentions that data should be accessible from “institutional or domain repositories”, we appeal to add also local, national and international data infrastructure of various types.


Read more about the action.

Trilogue negotiations begin on copyright reform; see our briefs on Articles 11 & 13
As part of the European Trilogue process – where the European Commission, European Parliament, and European Council negotiate on the final copyright directive, SPARC Europe submitted summarised positions and amendments for Articles 11 (Press Publishers’ right) and Article 13 (online content sharing services) on behalf of the coalition it has been working closely with over the last year. It was sent to European parliamentarians, European diplomats, Ministers of research, copyright attaches and others to help defend European education and research. They were delivered in time for 2 critical meetings this month to help better ensure that our interests are represented and brought to the negotiating table. 


Download the recent Brief on Article 11.
Download the recent Brief on Article 13.

SCOSS quickly moving toward 2nd funding cycle (20 applications already submitted)
A little more than a month ago, SCOSS sent an appeal searching for services potentially interested in applying for the second round of funding to aid them on the road to sustainability. Today is the deadline for this pre-application Expression of Interest; 20 services have already submitted. The SCOSS Advisory Group will begin evaluating the applicants in early November; those chosen to submit to the full application process will be notified in December at the latest. 

Read the latest on SCOSS.

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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