[Taxacom] Access to US Federally funded data?

Schindel, David schindeld at si.edu
Sat Sep 20 08:16:22 CDT 2008


An important point is being overlooked in this debate.  Researchers who
work for government agencies cannot sign away ownership rights to
publishers when they publish articles written as part of their
employment.  The government owns the copyright and has a policy
supporting wide dissemination.  Government researchers routinely sign
publishing agreements but they are required to make their papers
publicly available.  They can post pdfs on websites or submit them to
PubMedCentral.  I've been told that government researchers sometimes add
provisions to publishing agreements that reflect this government policy.
There are plenty of government researchers on Taxacom and it would be
interesting to hear about their experiences.

So the distinction at the center of this debate should be whether or not
there is a significant difference between publishing as a government
scientist versus publishing as as a scientist supported by a government
grant.

Since the DNA barcodng community is trying to create a public library of
reference records in GenBank linked to voucher specimens and taxonomic
names, participants are generally either publishing their papers in open
access journals or are paying extra for online access.  This enables
them to link their publications to the underlying data in GenBank, GBIF,
museum catalogs and other data repositories.

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<mailto:taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu> ] On Behalf Of Weitzman,
Anna
Sent: Friday, September 19, 2008 11:22 PM
To: Jim Croft; Neal Evenhuis; TaxaCom
Subject: Re: [Taxacom] Access to US Federally funded data?

The drivers are clear.  But those of us who are US citizens (for better
or worse, to be decided in early November ;-)) should do what we can to
further open access....

cheers,
Anna

Anna L. Weitzman, PhD
Botanical and Biodiversity Informatics Research National Museum of
Natural History Smithsonian Institution

office: 202.633.0846
mobile: 202.415.4684
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From: taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu on behalf of Jim Croft
Sent: Fri 19-Sep-08 11:14 PM
To: Neal Evenhuis; TaxaCom
Subject: Re: [Taxacom] Access to US Federally funded data?



ah, it is about access to published journal articles.    now it all
makes sense...

no it doesn't, but at least the drivers are clear...

jim

On Sat, Sep 20, 2008 at 12:33 PM, Neal Evenhuis <neale at bishopmuseum.org>
wrote:

> An article on this just appeared in this week's Science.

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