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CALL TO ACTION: Let the White House know you support public access to public funded research

Published Dec 15, 2009

Deadline extended to January 21, 2010

Last week, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) issued a Request for Information (RFI) inviting input on “enhancing public access to archived publications resulting from research funded by federal science and technology agencies.” SPARC is pleased that the Administration, as part of its Transparency and Open Government initiative, is looking at public access as an opportunity to stimulate scientific and technological innovation and competitiveness.

All are urged to respond to this pivotal opportunity, as individuals and on behalf of institutions and organizations, NO LATER than January 21, 2010. Your input will be critical in helping the administration to form a deep and balanced view of stakeholders’ interest in ensuring public access to publicly funded research.
Respondents are invited to comment online through the Public Access Policy blog at http://blog.ostp.gov/category/public-access-policy, where the discussion will center on a single theme for each of three ten-day periods.

December 10 – 20: Implementation
December 21 – 31: Features and technology
January 1 – 7: Management

From January 8 to 21, the online discussion will revisit in more detail aspects of the conversation that warrant deeper exploration. To participate, visit the Public Access Policy blog at http://blog.ostp.gov/category/public-access-policy.


General comments, addressing any part of the Request for Information, may be submitted to the Federal Register no later than January 21. See the full notice at 

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-30725.htm for details.


If you have any questions or would like to discuss, please contact SPARC, representing the Alliance for Taxpayer Access.

Heather Joseph, Executive Director
heather [at] arl [dot] org

Jennifer McLennan, Director of Communications
jennifer [at] arl [dot] org

We’ll look forward to talking with you, and to working with you on this tremendous opportunity for higher education and American public.


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Apr 23, 2010 1:03pm [ 1 ]

I appreciate this work being done so that research papers are available online for free for the public at no charge.

If you have a newsletter feel free to sign me up, and I look forward to exploring your website in more detail.

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