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.
Archive for the ‘Research’ Category
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has announced that it will enforce compliance with its mandatory public access policy beginning in Spring 2013. At that point, the NIH will begin to hold processing of non-competing continuation awards if publications arising from the awards are not in compliance with the policy until the publications are in compliance.
Further information is available in an NIH Guide notice.
“Digital Keys for Unlocking Humanities Riches,” a November 16 article in the New York Times [registration required], examines ways in which humanities scholars are conducting research using data. Examples cited include charting the flow of ideas during the Enlightenment, creating a digital map of the Bayeaux Tapestry, and searching for the earliest recorded instance of particular words.
American Public Media’s Radio show Marketplace takes a look at the cost of publicly funded research and its impact on taxpayers, researchers, and the business models of publishers. The focus is on the NIH Public Access Policy and the Fair Copyright in Research Act, the proposed law in the U.S. Congress to overturn it.
UCLA professor Johanna Drucker, in a recent Chronicle of Higher Education article, remarks that humanities and social science scholars must become more active participants in their future digital environments. Drucker calls this work “an intellectual responsibility, not a technical task.”
Often considered to be the realm of librarians and technologists, digital tools that do not help scholars engage in research are not used. Drucker points to the critical need for scholars, including those in the humanities, to work with these partners to create useful digital tools for the types of scholarship they do. She believes scholars must take their role seriously and administrators must see the value of this work.
The UCLA IRB Policy 42 allows for registration of public use datasets and publicly available data depositories to eliminate the need for obtaining a Certification for Exemption of Review.
This means that any data available from the following pre-approved public use data sets can now be freely used with no paperwork or certifications required:
The ISSR Data Archive<http://www.sscnet.ucla.edu/issr/da/> will assist in getting other public use data sets registered; please send your suggestions or requests for further information to Libbie Stephenson, Archivist (firstname.lastname@example.org). Check out the IRB Policy 42 periodically as more data sets may soon be registered.