[OKFN - Austria] SPARC Open Access, Open Data and Open Education Update

Vignoli Michela Michela.Vignoli at ait.ac.at
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Liebe Grüße!

Von: opencon-discussion-list at googlegroups.com [mailto:opencon-discussion-list at googlegroups.com] Im Auftrag von Joseph Mcarthur
Gesendet: Donnerstag, 5. November 2015 23:43
Betreff: [OpenCon] Open Access, Open Data and Open Education Update

Hi everyone,

Check out the SPARC member communication below, with news about major OER policy developments, Open Access Week and more!


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October 2015 Member Update

During October, SPARC was proud to sponsor the 8th annual Open Access Week, an event designed to highlight the progress of the global community towards setting the default mode to “open” in research and education. This year’s celebration featured events in more than 40 countries around the world, and underscored just how broad the adoption of practices and policies for the open sharing of knowledge has become. Our member campuses hosted scores of events, with many taking this year’s theme of “Open for Collaboration” to heart -- participating in the Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon that SPARC co-sponsored with Wikipedia Library, sharing details of their local events via the community Open Access Week website, and tuning into webcasts from institutions around the world. These events, which connected us with colleagues old and new, serves as a poignant reminder of the power that Open Access holds to create and empower a truly global research and education community.

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- Heather Joseph, Executive Director, SPARC

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Open Access Spectrum Tool Launched
The Open Access Spectrum (OAS) Evaluation Tool<http://www.oaspectrum.org/> quantitatively scores journals' degrees of openness. It uses the HowOpenIsIt? guide<https://www.plos.org/open-access/howopenisit/> as its basis. SPARC was pleased to launch this resource during Open Access Week, with an initial cohort of 1,000 journals, looking at their policies on areas such as readership rights, reuse rights, and machine readability. The OAS Evaluation Tool can be used by authors, libraries, research funders, government agencies, and other interested parties to analyze publications' policies, and to understand just where each is presently situated on the road to full Open Access.

COAPI Launches New Video on Campus Open Access Policies
The Coalition of Open Access Policy Institutions (COAPI) launched a snappy new video<https://youtu.be/UcXpF8bU714> highlighting campus Open Access policies, and their value to authors, readers, and the world at large. The video is designed to help you and your library colleagues initiate conversations on your campus about how to get started on developing your own campus OA policy. SPARC was pleased to once again join with our colleagues at ACRL in providing funding to COAPI to create and deliver this new video.

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U.S. Department of Education Makes Bold Moves on OER
The U.S. Department of Education has announced<http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/us-department-education-launches-campaign-encourage-schools-goopen-educational-resources> that it will launch #GoOpen, an initiative to encourage states, school districts, and educators to use openly licensed educational materials. As part of the campaign, the Department of Education is proposing a new regulation that would ensure that educational materials created through the agency’s discretionary grants be released openly. The proposed regulation would ensure that the public can freely use, adapt and share any educational resources that their tax dollars fund. The new campaign is housed at http://tech.ed.gov/open. The proposed policy is expected to be published in the Federal Register next week and the public will then have thirty days to submit comments.

White House Takes Action on OER
This week, the White House released its new Open Government National Action Plan<https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2015/10/27/advancing-open-and-citizen-centered-government>, which includes commitments to expand access to open educational resources and the results of federally funded research. The commitment to Open Education has been highly anticipated by the community since this summer, after more than 100 U.S. civil society organizations - including SPARC - sent a letter to the White House<http://www.sparc.arl.org/blog/oerusa> calling for strong executive action to make federally funded educational resources openly licensed. The plan specifies three activities the U.S. will take to advance open education, including promoting open licenses for federally-supported educational materials, creating a set of best practices for the creation of federally-funded OER, and a commitment to continue to convene stakeholders in the OER space.

Affordable College Textbook Act Reintroduced in Congress
Earlier this month, the Affordable College Textbook Act<http://www.sparc.arl.org/advocacy/national/act> was reintroduced into both chambers of Congress. Sponsored by Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Al Franken (D-MN) and Angus King (D-ME) and Representatives Rubén Hinojosa (D-TX) and Jared Polis (D-CO), the bill aims to reduce the cost of textbooks by creating a federally-funded competitive grant program for colleges and universities to establish open textbook pilot programs. As a condition of the grants, any educational materials developed would be released under an open license and freely shared with other schools and the general public. The bill was originally introduced in 2013<http://www.sparc.arl.org/news/sparc-applauds-senators-durbin-and-franken-bill-make-college-textbooks-more-affordable>, and its reintroduction signals the continued national significance of open educational resources as part of higher education's future.

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Open Science Prize
The National Institutes of Health and the Wellcome Trust have partnered on a new Open Science Prize<http://openscienceprize.org>. Recognizing that researchers’ ability to derive knowledge from data is predicated on their ability to find, access and use it, the Open Science Prize will support the development and prototyping of services, tools and platforms to overcome existing barriers to ensure data can be used to advance discovery and spur innovation. Up to six teams will win initial awards of $80,000 each to develop their ideas into a prototype or to advance an existing early stage prototype, with the team determined to have the greatest potential to further open science receiving $230,000.

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Student Forum at the University of Colorado Boulder
On Tuesday, October 27, SPARC, the College Republican National Committee and the University of Colorado Student Government, hosted a forum at the University of Colorado Boulder to coincide with the third GOP debate taking place on campus. Held at CU’s Norlin Library, Sean Spicer, Chief Strategist and Communications Director for the RNC, Rick Tyler Senator Cruz’s spokesperson, and Frank Fiorina, Carly Fiorina’s husband, and others, came and spoke on issues of importance to students -- namely college affordability and growing the American economy. Within this frame, we highlighted OA and OER as effective tools to advance these issues and encouraged the campaigns to engage with our issue areas in their remarks at the debate.

Virtual Participation in OpenCon 2015
This year, a staggering 3,000+ individuals applied to attend OpenCon 2015. While our growing number of satellites events <http://www.opencon2015.org/attend> across the world increases access to the event, we wanted to do more to accommodate this explosion in interest. We are happy to announce “OpenCon 2015 Live”, a new experiment in enabling people to participate virtually in OpenCon 2015 in a meaningful way. People who attend OpenCon 2015 in person are expected to leave the event better prepared to provide leadership to their local network, and to take action - and we want to enable virtual participants to do the same. Through our high-quality live stream, conference call lines and more, OpenCon 2015 Live will strive enable virtual attendees to learn, network and be equipped to take action. You, and others on your campus are invited to join us virtually. You can find more about "OpenCon 2015 Live" here<http://www.opencon2015.org/join_us_for_opencon_2015_wherever_you_are>.

Open Access Button Coming Onboard SPARC
A core part of SPARC’s mission is the incubation of innovative projects in scholarly communications. We’ve supported the Open Access Button<https://openaccessbutton.org/>, a tool helping track when people are denied access to research - and helping them find alternative access - since its inception, and awarded the team the SPARC Innovator Award<http://sparc.arl.org/initiatives/innovator/oabutton> earlier this year for their efforts. In order to better support their next phase of growth, we are very pleased that the Open Access Button has now become an official sub-project of SPARC. We’re excited to work even more closely with the team to help provide a stable platform and other kinds of support that they need to continue to grow. Currently, the team is working on developing extending the Open Access Button’s concept to include data - creating an Open Data Button - through an incubator grant<https://cos.io/pr/2015-09-24/> from the Center for Open Science.

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