[Oa-italia] [Fwd: DOAJ Receives 2009 SPARC Europe Award]

Paola Gargiulo paola.gargiulo a caspur.it
Gio 2 Lug 2009 18:55:41 CEST

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Oggetto: 	DOAJ Receives 2009 SPARC Europe Award
Data: 	Thu, 2 Jul 2009 09:58:01 +0100
Da: 	David Prosser <david.prosser a BODLEY.OX.AC.UK>
Rispondi-a: 	American Scientist Open Access Forum 

**Apologies for cross-posting**

*Press Release*

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*The Directory of Open Access Journals **Receives SPARC Europe Award for 
Outstanding Achievements in Scholarly Communications, 2009*

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*2 July 2009*

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For more information, contact: David Prosser, 
david.prosser a bodley.ox.ac.uk <mailto:david.prosser a bodley.ox.ac.uk>**

*Toulouse**, France* – As part of the /LIBER 38^th Annual General 
Conference/, held at the University of Toulouse 1 in France, the 
Directory of Open Access Journals has been presented with the 2009 SPARC 
Europe Award for Outstanding Achievements in Scholarly Communications.

SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) Europe 
initiated the Award in 2006 to recognize the work of an individual or 
group within Europe that has made significant advances in our 
understanding of the issues surrounding scholarly communications and/or 
in developing practical means to address problems within the current 
systems. In making the Award to the Directory of Open Access Journals 
(DOAJ) the judging panel noted their ground-breaking promotion of open 
access journals, their work on setting copyright, metadata, and 
preservation standards, and their development of a sustainable model of 
support. Since its launch in 2003 the DOAJ has become a vital part of 
the OA infrastructure.

Presenting the Award, Bas Savenije, Chair of the SPARC Europe Board, 
said ‘The DOAJ is one of the most successful projects within the OA 
movement, globally recognized and used, which also has developed a 
sustainability model.’

Lars Björnshauge, Director of the Lund University Libraries and head of 
the DOAJ received the Award. He commented that the SPARC award ‘is a 
recognition of the outstanding work of the DOAJ team at the Head Office 
of Lund University Libraries and a much welcomed encouragement for the 
further operation and development of services for the constantly 
increasing support for worldwide free access to research results for the 
benefit of research. We are very proud of receiving the award and we 
will do our outmost to continue to support the open access movement in 
the future as we have done it in the past.’

This is the fourth time the SPARC Europe Award for Outstanding 
Achievements in Scholarly Communications has been made. The first Award, 
in 2006, went to the Wellcome Trust, the second in 2007 to the SHERPA 
Group, and the third in 2008 to Leo Waaijers.

*About the Directory of Open Access Journals*

The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) is service provided by the 
Head Office, Lund University Libraries in Sweden. It was launched in 
2003 with the aim of increasing the visibility and ease of use of open 
access scientific and scholarly journals, thereby promoting their 
increased usage and impact. DOAJ is the authoritative source for open 
access scientific and scholarly journals that use a quality control 
system to guarantee the content.

Today, DOAJ lists over 4250 journals published in 100 countries in more 
than 50 languages covering all scientific subjects with more than 1575 
titles searchable at article level (covering almost 300,000 articles). 
In addition, through partnerships the DOAJ works to set standards in 
copyright, metadata, and preservation issues.

The operations of DOAJ are dependent on contributions from the 
community. Current sponsors are the National Library of Sweden and the 
Swedish Library Association. Kommercial aggregators, library consortia 
and academic & corporate libraries are contributing via the DOAJ 
membership programme.

More information on the DOAJ: www.doaj.org <http://www.doaj.org/>

*About SPARC Europe*

SPARC Europe is an alliance of over 110 European research libraries, 
library organisations and research institutions in 14 European 
countries. SPARC Europe provides a voice for the academic and library 
communities, and the support and tools they need in order to bring about 
positive change to the system of scholarly communications.

More information on SPARC Europe: http://www.sparceurope.org/

Paola Gargiulo
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