A proposal recommending that universities and libraries collaborate with federal research funding agencies to expand public access to research is circulating. An article in The Chronicle of Higher Education reports on the Share proposal and references another recent draft released by the publishing industry that outlines publishers' solutions for meeting the August 22nd deadline to expand public access to federally funded research and data.
If journal publishers, with the backing of the Association of American Publishers, get congressional approval to implement a public access clearinghouse, one blogger states "this would be the equivalent of the NRA running background checks on firearms purchases." Read the full post by Michael Eisen.
Public meetings with live webinars May 14-17 to focus on public access to scholarly publicacation and data as part of the America COMPETES Act.
Support Public Access to Federally Funded Research (April 15, 2013)
White House Open Access Directive (February 22, 2013)
The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act: FASTR (February 14, 2013)
What's all the fuss about open access?
Open access refers to literature that is "digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions."