[Sigpub-l] FW: OSTP Initiative

Richard Hill rhill at asis.org
Thu Dec 10 15:59:30 EST 2009


Message below was received from AAAS related to Admin process for public
access to federally funded research.

Dick Hill

Richard B. Hill
Executive Director
American Society for Information Science and Technology
1320 Fenwick Lane, Suite 510
Silver Spring, MD  20910
Fax: (301) 495-0810
Voice: (301) 495-0900 

-----Original Message-----
From: affiliates-bounces at listserv.aaas.org
[mailto:affiliates-bounces at listserv.aaas.org] On Behalf Of Gretchen Seiler
Sent: Thursday, December 10, 2009 3:29 PM
To: affiliates at aaas.org
Subject: [Affiliates] OSTP Initiative

We have been asked to relay to the broad scientific community the following
opportunity to advise US government policymaking deliberations.
You can respond at: www.whitehouse.gov/open 

The Obama Administration is seeking public input on policies concerning
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.

The Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the
President and the White House Open Government Initiative is launching a
"Public Access Policy Forum" 
to invite public participation in thinking through what the Federal
government's policy should be with regard to public access to published
federally funded research results.
To that end, OSTP will conduct an interactive, online discussion beginning
Thursday, December 10. The discussion will focus on three major areas of

* Implementation (Dec. 10 to 20): Which Federal agencies are good candidates
to adopt Public Access policies? What variables (field of science,
proportion of research funded 
by public or private entities, etc.) should affect how public access is
implemented at various agencies, including the maximum length of time
between publication and
public release? 

* Features and Technology (Dec. 21 to Dec 31): In what format should the
data be submitted in order to make it easy to search and retrieve
information, and to make it easy
 for others to link to it? Are there existing digital standards for
archiving and interoperability to maximize public benefit? How are these
anticipated to change?

* Management (Jan. 1 to Jan. 7): What are the best mechanisms to ensure
compliance? What would be the best metrics of success? What are the best
examples of usability 
in the private sector (both domestic and international)? Should those who
access papers be given the opportunity to comment or provide feedback?

Each of these topics will form the basis of a blog posting that will appear
at www.whitehouse.gov/open and will be open for comment on the OSTP blog at

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