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11.2005 Access: Open

Few would question the important role that science, technology and innovation have played in building today's knowledge society. However, "science" in the 21st century is very different from what it was 50 or even 10 years ago. Science is increasingly international and interdisciplinary; it often crosses traditional barriers of institutions, geography, language and culture. State-of-the-art research involves creating and using data sets of unprecedented size and complexity. With the world looking to science to find solutions to global problems, the need to safeguard, evaluate and exchange information and knowledge has never been more pressing.

Freedom of the Owner of the Press
Los Angeles Times Michael Hiltzik
10.17.2005 Access: Open

One indication that you've stirred up a hornet's nest is that your opponents start sending impassioned letters to Congress, hinting that you're an insidious threat to the public welfare.

Over the last year or so, policymakers and legislators have been peppered with mailings instigated by the Assn. of American Publishers, warning of a development that "raises the specter of government censorship and encroachment upon scholarly discourse and academic freedom"...

American Chemical Society: Chemical reaction
Nature Emma Marris
10.06.2005 Access: Toll

Excerpt: "It just seems to me like such a conflict of interest with their own mission," agrees Heather Joseph, executive director of the Washington-based Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, an alliance of libraries that supports open access to the scientific literature. "For science to be conducted effectively, open access to data has to be part of the landscape."

Chemical Society Offers Resolution in PubChem Debate
Chemical & Engineering News Susan Morrissey
10.03.2005 Access: Open

The American Chemical Society has offered an olive branch to the National Institutes of Health in the ongoing dispute over PubChem, the agency's small-molecule database. The three-part proposal focuses on areas of "common ground" and puts aside the two groups' philosophical differences. (C&EN is published by ACS.)...

Chemical Publisher Goes After NIH
Federal Computer Week Aliya Sternstein
05.27.2005 Access: Open

Excerpt: "Rick Johnson, director of the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, said, unlike ACS, NIH researchers are not hiring chemists to pore through patents to extract chemical names and structures. "They're taking on something that is not any threat to them and they are precluding an activity that will be key to returning on the NIH investment [in the human genome] drugs and better health care," he said. "What they want to do is neuter [PubChem] so it's useless to anyone." "It's all about protecting the CAS franchise, not about what's best for biomedicine," Johnson added.

Web dilutes scholarly journals' status
Wall Street Journal Bernard
Wysocki Jr.
05.23.2005 Access: Toll

From a stool at Yali's café, near the University of California campus, Michael Eisen is loudly trashing the big players in academic publishing. Hefty subscription fees for journals are blocking scientific progress, he says, and academics who think they have full access to timely literature are kidding themselves. "They're just wrong," Dr. Eisen says. He suggests scholarly journals be free and accessible to everyone on the Web...

A listing of earlier ATA-related media reports covers the initial Congressional action on public access to taxpayer-funded research and the NIH's proposal in response.


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