White House Initiates OA Discussion

Yesterday (Dec 10, 2009) the Office of Science & Technology Policy (OSTP), an executive office of the President of the United States, launched a consultation process on Public Access Policy. This is part of Obama’s Open Government Initiative.
See the news release here.
“The Administration is seeking public input on access to publicly-funded research results, such as those that appear in academic and scholarly journal articles. Currently, the National Institutes of Health require that research funded by its grants be made available to the public online at no charge within 12 months of publication. The Administration is seeking views as to whether this policy should be extended to other science agencies and, if so, how it should be implemented.”
Basically, the U.S. government is seeking public input on what their policies should be regarding access to published federally-funded research results. The online discussion will focus on three main topics: Implementation (Dec 10-20), Features and Technology (Dec 21-31), and Management (Jan 1-7).
An interesting discussion has already begun on the first topic: Implementation.
As Peter Suber notes on his Open Access News blog “This is big”; it’s “…the first explicit sign that President Obama supports the OA policy at the NIH and wants something similar at other federal agencies.”
There does not seem to be any requirement that those who comment be American citizens, so please feel free to register and join the discussion!

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