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Office of Science and Technology Policy Comments Available on Federally Funded Scientific Research Results

In November 2011 ,the  Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) issued two calls for public comment—one on Public Access to Peer-Reviewed Scholarly Publications Resulting From Federally Funded Research and the other on Public Access to Digital Data Resulting From Federally Funded Scientific Research (See November blog for background information.).  Today, January 30, 2012, OSTP is making available all of the comments it received. 

There were 85 comments received about public access to digital data and 375 comments on public access to scholarly publications.  These comments came from organizations and individuals representing a wide variety of fields and stakeholders including scientists, publishers, librarians, scientific societies, and companies.

According to the OSTP announcement, the comments will inform the deliberations of two interagency working groups within the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC)—the Task Force on Public Access to Scholarly Publications and the Interagency Working Group on Digital Data— that were formed in response to requirements in the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010.  That law, signed by President Obama in early 2011, requires that the NSTC coordinate the development of Federal science agency policies related to the dissemination and long-term stewardship of the results of unclassified research, including digital data and peer-reviewed scholarly publications, supported wholly or in part by funding from the Federal science agencies.

EDUCAUSE will continue to monitor and report on this issue.

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