[Oa-italia] [sparc open data] White House Petition on Open Access-We're Halfway There

Iryna Solodovnik irysolo a gmail.com
Gio 24 Maggio 2012 10:18:52 CEST


*Sorry for cross-posting:*
Folks,

The Obama Administration is actively considering *taking action to open up
the results of research funded by taxpayer dollars*, by making
*scientific articles
freely available online.
*
A petition (wh.gov/6TH) calling for Public Access to all Federally Funded
Research has been posted to the White House "We the People" website. If the
petition garners *25,000 signatures within 30 days*, it *will* be reviewed
by White House staff, and *considered for action*.

We’re halfway there – more than 12,500 people have signed the petition
since it was posted just two and half days ago! Researchers,
patients groups, universities, libraries, students, businesses and families
have all thrown their support behind this simple yet powerful idea – to
make taxpayer-funded research freely accessible to the public. Learn more
about why by watching this one-minute video (
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FoYxzPZDuw).

Sign the petition (wh.gov/6TH) today, and *encourage your colleagues,
friends and family to do the same*. You are eligible to sign if you are at
least 13 years old, and have a valid email address. That’s all.

Signing is easy, it’s fast, and it can have an enormous impact on our
chances of expanding access to the results of scientific research that
we have helped to fund. So take some time today to not only sign onto the
petition, but to spread the word far and wide. Consider a blog post, an
email to constituencies, a tweet (use #openaccess), a Facebook share, an
action in your library or on your campus - anything that tells as many
people as possible "I support this petition, I'm signing this petition, and
you should, too."

*Thanks in advance for your support for this effort* - it is truly a
critical time, and taking this *action now *can* make a difference*!

Best,
Andrea Brusca Higginbotham
Communications Manager, SPARC
21 Dupont Circle, Suite 800
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 296-2296 ext 121
andrea a arl.org
www.arl.org/sparc
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