[Taxacom] Sign New Public Access Petition

Donat Agosti agosti at amnh.org
Wed Mar 14 17:33:00 CDT 2007

This is a message forwarded from BOAI, to sign a petition to support public
access to research funded by the US government. Please take a moment to sign
it, since this is one way to assure that we have open access to our
important research.

Donat Agosti


Dear Friends,

Momentum for public access to publicly funded research reached a height last
month with the celebration of a National Day of Action by students across
the U.S. and the presentation of over 21,000 individual and organizational
signatures to the European Union's Commissioner for Science and Research.

To build on this momentum, several leading American organizations -
representing libraries, health groups, students, and consumers - are jointly
supporting a Petition for Public Access to Publicly Funded Research in the
United States.

This petition, which is open to supporters around the world, will
demonstrate clearly to U.S. policymakers the depth and breadth of support
for access to federally funded research in the United States.
As U.S. lawmakers consider policies and legislation to advance public
access, it is critical that supporters step forward and be counted.

Even if you signed the European petition, it's important that you sign the
U.S. petition as well. Here's why:
The European Commission petition was written explicitly to support
Recommendation A1 of the EC's Study on the Economic and Technical Evolution
of the Scientific Publication Markets of Europe.

The U.S. petition is written to support public access to research funded by
the U.S. government as well as the reintroduction and passage of the Federal
Research Public Access Act.

The U.S. petition collects state-specific information, which is essential to
making the case for public access to individual lawmakers.
The Petition for Public Access to Publicly Funded Research in the United
States (http://www.publicaccesstoresearch.org) is open to individuals and
organizations of all types. If you are a researcher whose work is funded by
the federal government, your signature is especially important since it
shows that you want your work to be shared and used.

Please distribute this message and invite your members, friends, and
colleagues to sign the petition immediately in order that as much progress
as possible may be made in the 110th Congress.


Heather Joseph

Executive Director, SPARC

P.S. - Please don't delay. Visit (http://
www.publicaccesstoresearch.org) now and add your name to the list of public
access supporters. Then ask your friends and colleagues to do the same.

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