News Archives - 2012

May 23, 2012

A community-driven petition calling for the Obama Administration to open up the results of taxpayer-funded scientific research by making journal articles freely available online has opened remarkably strong. The petition, which calls for Public Access to all Federally Funded Research, was posted to the White House "We the People" website just two and half days ago, with the aim of securing 25,000 signatures within 30 days.

May 23, 2012
By:
Samuel Arbesman, Wired
Many scientific papers are locked away behind paywalls. But the federal government pays for nearly all of this research! So not only should we have access to it in order to allow science to build upon itself, but as a citizenry we have paid for this research and should be able to access it.
May 22, 2012
By:
Mike Taylor, The Guardian
A petition urges President Obama to implement open access for all federally funded research. This is our chance to demonstrate public support and goad the White House into action
May 22, 2012
By:
Matt Enis, Library Journal
The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) has urged librarians and other interested parties to sign a petition calling for public access to all federally funded research, which was posted on the White House’s “We the People” website on May 21. If the petition gets 25,000 signatures within 30 days, it will be considered for action by the White House staff.
May 22, 2012
Washington, DC – Earlier today, U.S. Representative Mike Doyle (D-PA) spoke in favor of policies to increase public access to the results of federally funded research at a panel discussion on that issue held at The Brookings Institution in Washington, DC.
May 21, 2012
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May 20, 2012

As you know, the Obama Administration has been actively considering the issue of Public Access to the results of Federally Funded research for the past several years. We’ve worked hard to make the case that the NIH Public Access Policy has been a true success, and that it should be expanded across all U.S. Federal Science Agencies – responding in force to calls for public comments, participating in stakeholder meetings, supporting FRPAA, and educating both policymaker and members of the public alike.

May 18, 2012
By:
Suzy Khimm, The Washington Post
Taxpayers fund a ton of government research — and the results can get stuck behind a paywall that tops $20,000. Should they be able to see them without paying a second time around?
May 17, 2012

As the academic community struggles to ensure that research articles become more accessible than ever before, a new front in the battle is brewing – a battle to ensure that the information in those articles can also be fully used in the digital research environment.

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