[Taxacom] FW: Call to action: 2011 White House RFI on public access (deadline Jan. 2)

Donat Agosti agosti at amnh.org
Fri Nov 18 08:00:09 CST 2011

The following call to participate in a call to provide recommendations to
the White House Office of Science and Technology is very important to our
community that struggles with access to their publications. 





Please post and share widely. Also online at


The opportunity


As part of the process of fulfilling Section 103 of the 2010 America
COMPETES Act, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP)
has issued a Request for Information (RFI), asking individuals and
organizations to provide recommendations on approaches for broad public
access and long-term stewardship to peer-reviewed scholarly publications
that result from federally funded scientific research. The RFI poses eight
multi-part questions. 


The full text of the RFI may be found at:


NOTE: A second RFI has also been issued on the topic of public access to
digital data. SPARC/ATA will coordinate with allied organizations including
ARL and CNI to formulate a response.


Who should respond?


It is urgent that as many individuals and organizations as possible - at all
levels - respond. 


For reference, the RFI specifically calls for comments from "non-Federal
stakeholders, including the public, universities, nonprofit and for-profit
publishers, libraries, federally funded and non-federally funded research
scientists, and other organizations and institutions with a stake in
long-term preservation and access to the results of federally funded


If you can't answer all of the questions, answer as many as possible - and
respond to questions as directly as possible.

Organizations beyond the U.S., with experience with open-access policies,
are also invited to contribute.


How the results will be used


The input provided through this RFI will inform the National Science and
Technology Council's Task Force on Public Access to Scholarly Publications,
convened by OSTP.


OSTP will issue a report to Congress describing: 


1.     Priorities for the development of agency policies for ensuring broad
public access to the results of federally funded, unclassified research;

2.      The status of agency policies for public access to publications
resulting from federally funded research; 

3.      Public input collected.


Taxpayers paid for the research. We deserve to be able to access the


The main point to emphasize is that taxpayers are entitled to access the
results of the research our tax dollars fund. Taxpayers should be allowed to
immediately access and fully reuse the results of publicly funded research. 


To discuss talking points in further detail, don't hesitate to contact us. 


How to respond


The deadline for submissions is January 2, 2012. Submissions should be sent
via email to publicaccess at ostp.gov. Please note: OSTP will publicly post all
submissions after the deadline (along with names of submitters and their
institutions) so please make sure not to include any confidential or
proprietary information in your submission. Attachments may be included. 


As ever, thanks for your commitment to public access and the advancement of
these crucial policies.


If you have any questions or comments, don't hesitate to contact:


Heather Joseph

Executive Director, SPARC and spokesperson for the Alliance for Taxpayer

heather [at] arl [dot] org


Jennifer McLennan

Director of Programs and Operations, SPARC & the Alliance for Taxpayer

jennifer [at] arl [dot] org



Jennifer McLennan
Director of Programs & Operations
jennifer at arl.org
(202) 296-2296 x121
Fax: (202) 872-0884
Open Access Week 2011
October 24 - 30
The SPARC Open Access Meeting
March 11 - 13, 2012
Kansas City


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