Archive for February, 2013

White House Issues Directive on Public Access to Federally Funded Research

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy has issued a directive that aims to increase public access to the results of federally funded research.  This policy memorandum directs federal agencies spending more than $100 million in research and development grants to develop plans that will make the published results of federally funded research freely available to the public and that will require researchers to better manage digital data resulting from federally funded research.

Public-access Legislation Introduced in U.S. Congress

Friday, February 15th, 2013

Zoe Lofgren joined her House colleagues Mike Doyle and Kevin Yoder to introduce the Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), designed to increase the openness, transparency, and accessibility of publicly funded research results.  The legislation, which has attracted wide bipartisan support, would require federal agencies with annual extramural research budgets of $100 million or more to provide public online access to manuscripts resulting from funded research no later than six months after publication in a peer-reviewed journal. Senators John Cornyn and Ron Wyden also introduced the bill in the U.S. Senate.