[Oa-italia] [Fwd: [sparc-oaforum] U.S. Representatives Introduce Bill Expanding Accessto Federally Funded Research]

Elena Giglia elena.giglia a unito.it
Ven 15 Feb 2013 10:35:49 CET

inoltro alla lista questo importante comunicato stampa sull'ampliamento
delle policy OA per le agenzie federali USA.
SPARC ed Heather Joseph ci stanno lavorando da almno due anni, ed e' un
grande risultato.
dott.ssa Elena Giglia
Responsabile Progetti Open Access
Università degli Studi di Torino
skype: egiglia
Pubblicazioni e presentazioni in Open Access su E-LIS:

Again, you can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect
them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow
connect in your future [S.Jobs]

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Oggetto: [sparc-oaforum] U.S. Representatives Introduce Bill Expanding
Accessto Federally Funded Research Da:      "Stevan Harnad"
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Data:    Ven, 15 Febbraio 2013, 12:21 am
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Good news on OA from here in the U.S....:)
Stay tuned. More to come! Forwarded from Heather Joseph
*For Immediate Release
                                         Contact:           Matt Dinkel
(Doyle) 202-225-2135*

                                          Matt Manda (Yoder) 202-225-2865*
                                               Duncan Neasham (Lofgren)
* *
*U.S. Representatives Introduce Bill Expanding Access to*
*Federally Funded Research*
* *
*Washington, DC – February 14, 2013* – U.S. Representatives Mike Doyle
(D-PA), Kevin Yoder (R-KS), and Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) today introduced
legislation to increase the openness, transparency, and accessibility of
publicly funded research results.

The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR) would
require federal agencies with annual extramural research budgets of $100
million or more to provide the public with online access to research
manuscripts stemming from funded research no later than six months after
publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

*"This bill will give the American people greater access to the important
scientific research results they’ve paid for,”** *Congressman Doyle said
today*.“Supporting greater collaboration among researchers in the sciences
will accelerate scientific innovation and discovery, while giving the
public a greater return on their scientific investment.”*
* *
*“The scientific research community benefits when they are able to share
important research and cooperate across scientific fields. Likewise,
taxpayers should not be required to pay twice for federally-funded
research,” *said Congressman Yoder.* **“This legislation is common sense,
and promotes more transparency, accountability, and cooperation within the
scientific research community."*
* *
*"Everyday American taxpayer dollars are supporting researchers and
scientists hard at work, when this information is shared, it can be used
as a building block for future discoveries,"* said Representative
Lofgren.  *"Greater
public access can accelerate breakthroughs, where  robust collaborative
research can lead to faster commercialization and immense benefits for the
public and our economy."*
* *
Specifically, the Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act would:

·         Require federal departments and agencies with an annual
extramural research budget of $100 million or more, whether funded totally
or partially by a government department or agency, to submit an electronic
copy of the final manuscript that has been accepted for publication in a
peer-reviewed journal.
·         Ensure that the manuscript is preserved in a stable digital
repository maintained by that agency or in another suitable repository
that permits free public access, interoperability, and long-term
preservation. ·         Require that each taxpayer-funded manuscript be
made available to the public online and without cost, no later than six
months after the article has been published in a peer-reviewed journal. · 
       Require agencies to examine whether introducing open licensing
options for research papers they make publicly available as a result of
the public access policy would promote productive reuse and computational
analysis of those research papers.

An identical Senate counterpart of this legislation is also being
introduced today by Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Ron Wyden (D-OR).

*“FASTR represents a giant step forward in making sure that the crucial
information contained in these articles can be freely accessed **and fully
used by all members of the public**,” *said Heather Joseph, Executive
Director of the Scholarly Publishing Academic Research Coalition (SPARC).
*“It has the potential to truly revolutionize the scientific research

This legislation would unlock unclassified research funded by agencies
like the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Commerce, the
Department of Defense, the Department of Education, the Department of
Energy, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of
Homeland Security, the Department of Transportation, the Environmental
Protection Agency, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the
National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Science

The bill builds on the success of the first U.S. mandate for public access
to the published results of publicly funded research at the National
Institutes of Health (NIH).  In 2008, the National Institutes of Health
(NIH) implemented their public access policy.  It is estimated that
approximately 80,000 papers are published each year from NIH funds.

The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act echoes the interest
in public access policies expressed by the White House Office of Science
and Technology Policy, which has examined the mechanisms that would
leverage federal investments in scientific research and increase access to
information that promises to stimulate scientific and technological
innovation and competitiveness.

Click here to read the Fair Access to Science and Technology Research


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