OA Petition to the White House

On Monday (May 21) a petition calling for Public Access to all Federally Funded Research was posted to the White House “We the People” website:
Require free access over the Internet to scientific journal articles arising from taxpayer-funded research
If the petition garners 25,000 signatures within 30 days, it will be reviewed by White House staff, and considered for action. At the time of my writing this blog post the petition has nearly 16 000 signatures – more than halfway there in less than a week!
You DO NOT need to be an American to sign, but you do need to register on the website (a short and simple procedure).
See this video promoting the petition: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FoYxzPZDuw

The full text of the petition is here:
“We believe in the power of the Internet to foster innovation, research, and education. Requiring the published results of taxpayer-funded research to be posted on the Internet in human and machine readable form would provide access to patients and caregivers, students and their teachers, researchers, entrepreneurs, and other taxpayers who paid for the research. Expanding access would speed the research process and increase the return on our investment in scientific research.
The highly successful Public Access Policy of the National Institutes of Health proves that this can be done without disrupting the research process, and we urge President Obama to act now to implement open access policies for all federal agencies that fund scientific research.”
See more info at the access2research website.

UK Government Moving Forward on OA

There was some big news out of the U.K. this week that had many open access advocates buzzing online:
The government of the U.K. announced that, within 2 years, it plans to provide open access to all publicly funded research results.
See the comments article by universities and science minister, David Willetts in The Guardian.
Another Guardian article provides further details:
Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales will act as an unpaid consultant to “…initially advise the research councils on its £2m Gateway to Research project, a website that will act as a portal, linking to publicly funded UK research all over the web.”