Saturday, November 19, 2011

American Taxpayers--Tell Government You Want Open Access

This sounds pretty high-falutin': 
"In accordance with Section 103(b)(6) of the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010 (ACRA; Pub. L. 111-358), this Request forInformation (RFI) offers the opportunity for interested individuals and organizations to provide recommendations on approaches for ensuring long-term stewardship and broad public access to the peer-reviewed scholarly publications that result from federally funded scientific research. The public input provided through this Notice will inform deliberations of the National Science and Technology Council's Task Force on Public Access to Scholarly Publications."

However, this is something all Americans, especially taxpayers, should care about. Notice that individuals are asked to provide input to the government. How often does that happen? This is of great importance to families and individuals who suffer from rare diseases anddisorders. The research that can be aggregated because of open access has already lead to important discoveries that help people who suffer.

One interesting aspect of this movement is that, while scientists and medical specialists are particularly interested in the advances that can be made through the adoption of open access, humanities scholars are as well. A fascinating project on the history of quilts has been advanced because of the open access movement.

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