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REGISTER: 2014 SPARC Open Access Conference

From From Stacie Lemick, SPARC

Washington, DC  The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) is pleased to announce panel topics and to invite participants to register for the Spring event set to take place in Kansas City, Kansas on March 3-4, 2014.

The past year has seen growing momentum on many fronts of the movement towards "open". Advances in the areas of open access, open data, and open educational resources have grown exponentially since the last SPARC Open Access Meeting was convened in 2012.  As this push for greater openness continues, these three fronts are converging in interesting and potentially transformative ways.  Join us as leaders from the library community, academia, industry, student community, and other research avenues discuss how open access, open data, and open educational resources are intersecting, and the impact this convergence will have on research and discovery. The meeting is designed to emphasize collaborative actions that stakeholders can take to positively impact publishing, policy, digital repositories, author rights, and licensing.

The Committee is working to finalize a program that will cover:

• Advocacy and Policy
• Practical Information
• Professional Development
• Blue Sky and Big Picture

Registration for the SPARC Open Access Meeting is now open. Early bird rates start at $279 for SPARC members. Hotel reservations at the event venue, the Intercontinental Hotel, are also available for the conference rate of $144 per night.

To Register and to see more information on the event, visit the meeting website at

The SPARC 2014 Open Access Meeting is Program Committee includes:  Bev Acreman (BioMed Central), Rich Baraniuk (Rice University), Raym Crow (SPARC), Kathleen Fitzpatrick (Modern Language Association), Diane Graves (Trinity University), Melissa Hagemann (Open Science Foundation), Heather Joseph (SPARC), Rick Luce (University of Oklahoma), Bram Luyten (@mire), Liz Lyon (UKOLN), Catherine Mitchell (CDL), Peter Murray-Rust (Cambridge University), Meredith Niles (NAGPS), Paul Peters (Hindawi Publishing Group), David Porter (BCCampus), Nick Shockey (The Right to Research Coalition), Greg Tananbaum (SPARC), Andrew Waller (University of Calgary), John Wilbanks (Sage Bionetworks), and Darlene Yaplee (PLOS).


SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) is a library membership organization that promotes expanded sharing of scholarship. SPARC believes that faster and wider sharing of outputs of the research process increases the impact of research, fuels the advancement of knowledge, and increases the return on research investments. SPARC is supported by a membership of over 800 academic and research libraries worldwide. SPARC is on the Web at