Media coverage of the White House Open Access directive

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The White House directive is getting a lot of attention in the media, both in the United States and internationally. Here is a sampling of articles that discuss the directive and its possible outcomes. Many of them also discuss the Fair Access to Science and Technology Research (FASTR) legislation that was introduced to Congress on February 14th and how these two initiatives can work together to remove the barriers to publicly-funded research.

White House opens more federally funded scientific research to the public
Washington Post 
Heather Joseph, the executive director of the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, said in a statement that she believes the directive will “accelerate scientific discovery, improve education and empower entrepreneurs” to take advantage…

White House moves to make federally funded research open to the public
Washington Post (updated story)
“I think it's a huge step in the right direction,” said Heather Joseph, executive director of the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, which represents libraries.

White House Delivers New Open-Access Policy That Has Activists Cheering
Chronicle of Higher Education 
I do feel like it's really a landmark in the battle toward open access," Heather Joseph, executive director of the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, said in an interview. "This is a really good day." Ms. Joseph's organization, known as Sparc ...

US Moves to Provide Quicker Access to Publicly Financed Scientific Research
New York Times  
U.S. Moves to Provide Quicker Access to Publicly Financed Scientific Research. By KENNETH CHANG. Published: February 22, 2013.
If you paid for it, you should be able to read it. For publicly financed science research, the Obama administration agrees.

Obama Directive Is Good News For Science Geeks Wall Street Journal (blog)  
The Obama administration on Friday directed the federal government's largest agencies to give the public free access to scholarly articles that report the results of U.S.-funded
research. In a policy memo, the White House said it wants peer-reviewed final ...

White House issues directive aimed at expanding free access to federally funded ...
The Hill (blog) 
John Holdren, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, signed the memorandum on Friday. Holdren said the final policy was spurred, in part, by a petition posted on the White House's "We the People" website that called on the ...

White House directs agencies to maximize free, public access to scientific research
Politico (blog) 
In response to a petition on the White House web site, the director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy said he issued the order Friday. "[T]he Obama Administration is committed to ensuring that the results of federally-funded scientific ...

Administration Takes Faster Action on Access to Federally Funded Research
Library Journal 
The Administration's action marks a major step forward towards open access to scientific research,” said Heather Joseph, Executive Director of SPARC, which works to broaden public access to scholarly research. SPARC did not, however, feel that it makes ...

Obama White House expands access to federally funded research
The Guardian-by Amanda Holpuch
Heather Joseph, executive director of SPARC, a group that works to broaden public access to scholarly research, said in a statement that the ...

White House Unveils Long-Awaited Public Access Policy
Science Now
Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition Executive Director Heather Joseph says for her group, a key part of the OSTP ...

White House Directive Expands Access to Scientific Research
Mashable  
"It's not the end game by any stretch of the imagination but it really does move us forward to having people understand the importance of fast access and full reuse of articles and data that result from scientific research," Heather Joseph, the Executive Director ...

In “Historic” Act, Obama Administration Issues Public Access Directive
Publishers Weekly 
said Heather Joseph, Executive Director of SPARC. "The Administration's action marks a major step forward towards open access to scientific research. The Directive will accelerate scientific discovery, improve education, and empower entrepreneurs to ...

Administration Takes Faster Action on Access to Federally Funded Research
Library Journal  
The Administration's action marks a major step forward towards open access to scientific research,” said Heather Joseph, Executive Director of SPARC, which works to broaden public access to scholarly research. SPARC did not, however, feel that it makes ...

SPARC Applauds White House for Landmark Directive Opening Up Access to ...
Virtual-Strategy Magazine (press release)  
The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) today applauded President Obama for issuing a landmark Directive to ensure that the results of taxpayer-funded research – both articles and data – are made available to the general ...

Obama Administration backs open access to all federal research
Ars Technica 
Today, John Holdren, the head of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, announced that the administration is adopting a policy that would see nearly all of the science papers produced through federal funding made accessible to the ...

White House announces new US open access policy
Nature.com (blog) 
In a memo, John Holdren, the director of the White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), told federal agencies to prepare plans to make their research results free to read within 12 months after publication. “The Obama Administration is ...

White House Announces Plan To Open Up Access To Research Supported by ...
ThinkProgress  
“The Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) hereby directs each Federal agency with over $100 million in annual conduct of research and development expenditures to develop a plan to support increased public access to the results of research ...

White House moves to increase public access to scientific research online
O'Reilly Radar  
As part of the response, John Holdren, the director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, released a memorandum today directing agencies with “more than $100 million in research and development expenditures to develop plans to ...

White House says government-funded research should be more public, but ...
The Verge  
The order was issued Thursday by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy in response to an online public petition calling for free access to research, signed by 65,000. "The logic behind enhanced public access is plain," said John Holdren, ...

White House Orders Federal Agencies To Require More Open Access To Not ...
Techdirt 
Dr. John Holdren, the Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, explained this rather big change in policy pretty clearly: I have issued a memorandum today (.pdf) to Federal agencies that directs those with more than $100 million in ...

National Science Foundation Collaborates with Federal Partners to Plan for ...
Space Ref (press release)  
We know that scientific research supported by the federal government spurs scientific breakthroughs and economic advances when research results are made available to innovators," said White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Director …

A Step In The Right Direction: More Federally Funded Research To Be Made ...
The Moderate Voice 
In response to a We The People petition, the Obama White House has taken another step in the journey to provide open access to publicly-funded research. Today the Office of Science and Technology directed all federal agencies that manage ...

PLOS Commends White House Directive on Open Access
PLoS Blogs (blog) 
PLOS applauds the Obama administration for issuing a directive that calls for expanding open access to federally funded research. We stand firmly alongside any organization or initiative that attempts to eliminate unnecessary barriers to the immediate ...

Statement of Michael Carroll on the White House Open Access Policy Directive
International IP and the Public Interest  
“Today, the Obama Administration's Office of Science and Technology Policy adopted a pro-Internet, pro-science, pro-innovation policy that requires research articles reporting the results of federally funded research to be made available over the Internet.



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