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Fall Forum 2006: The Public Access Policy

Proceedings of the 2006 ARL/CNI Fall Forum, "Improving Access to Publicly Funded Research: Policy Issues and Strategies." Introduction to the NIH Public Access Policy.

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Cornyn Remarks on Federal Research Public Access Act

Senator Cornyn introduces the Federal Research Public Access Act of 2006, "legislation that will refine the work done by NIH and require that the federal government's leading underwriters of research adopt meaningful public access policies."

pdf remarks-cornyn-frpaa-02may06.pdf

 
 

Letter to John Cornyn re: Federal Research Public Access Act of 2006 (May 2, 2006)

Letter supporting the Federal Research Public Access Act of 2006 on behalf of six national library associations.

pdf ltr-cornyn-frpaa-02may06.pdf

 
   

Our New Work: Changing Realities and Directions

Summary of group worksheet responses from workshop on changing roles of government information librarians.

pdf our-new-work_changing-realities-and-directions.pdf

 
   

NIH Public Access Policy FAQ

This FAQ document from 2007 answers questions that have been raised concerning the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Policy on Enhanced Public Access to NIH-Funded Research. It can help respond to queries concerning the NIH policy that arise from different constituencies on campus.

nih-public-policy-faq-16nov07.pdf

 
 

Future of Government Documents Symposium Presenters October 2005

This document lists presenters for the October 2005 symposium, The Future of Government Documents in ARL Libraries, which brought together practitioners and administrators to address this important issue and was sponsored by ARL.

gov-docs-symposium-presenters-oct2005.pdf

 
 

ARL Comments on NIH Public Access Policy

In this October 2004 letter, Prudence Adler writes on behalf of the Association of Research Libraries to express ARL's strong support for the NIH proposal to provide freely available online access to NIH-funded manuscripts via PubMed Central. There are many aspects of the NIH plan that ARL endorses and ARL applauds NIH's leadership in promoting this balanced initiative. 

nih-publicaccess-comments-29oct04.pdf

 
 

Letter to Elias A. Zerhouni re: NIH Public Access Policy (Aug. 31, 2004)

Letter from library associations to director of National Institutes of Health (NIH), expressing strong support of the NIH proposal to provide freely available online access to NIH-funded manuscripts via PubMedCentral.

pdf arlzerhouni-nih-083104.pdf

 
         

Register.com v. Verio: Revised Amici Curiae Brief (March 1, 2001)

Amici submit this brief urging that this Court reverse the decision of the trial court (in Register.com v. Verio) which effectively prohibits the copying of facts from a publicly accessible website. Amici represent the interests of many sectors of the computer, software, Internet telecommunications, and information services industries, as well as users of digital information.

pdf amicus-revised-register-verio-01mar01.pdf

 
   

Letter to John W. Warner re: Inter-Association Working Group on Government Information Policy (Oct. 17, 1997)

Letter written on behalf of the members of the Inter-Association Working Group on Government Information Policy (IAWG), expressing appreciation for the willingness of John Warner's staff to meet to discuss revisions to Title 44 of the United States Code to enhance public access to government information.

pdf lt-warner-gov-info-policy-17oct97.pdf

 
 

Inter-Association Working Group on Government Information Policy

On behalf of the seven member organizations of the Inter-Association Working Group on Government Information Policy, we are pleased to transmit to you the library community's draft bill to amend chapter 19 of U.S.C. title 44. In addition, we offer several recommendations outside of chapter 19 that we believe should be considered in conjunction with any revision of title 44, based on the Joint Committee on Printing's draft bill that was the subject of recent hearings.

pdf lt-warner-iaw-ch19-tit44.pdf

 
 

Statement of Barbara J. Ford before the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration On Proposed Revisions to Title 44 of the United States Code

Testimony discusses the library community's comments on the draft "Government Printing Office Act of 1997." Including the key changes to Title 44 that the library community considers necessary in order for the public to be ensured access to federal government information.

pdf ford-statement-title44-apr1997.pdf

 
 

Government Information in Electronic Format: A Statement of Principles

This statement, prepared by the ARL Task Force on Government Information in Electronic Format, was endorsed by the membership of ARL in May 1988.

pdf gov-info-e-format-may88.pdf

 
 

Controversial FIRST Bill Moves Forward

"first" rubber stampOn May 28, 2014, the US House of Representatives Science, Space, and Technology Committee passed the Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science, and Technology (FIRST) Act of 2014, H.R. 4186. The bill seeks to reauthorize sections of the America COMPETES Act relating to the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the Office of Science and Technology Policy. The bill is highly controversial and opposed by many organizations and institutions.

 
 

Appropriations Bill Restores Some Funding, Requires Public Access to Federally Funded Research

us-capitol-snowy-duskimage © Katie HarbathThe US House of Representatives and the US Senate on January 16 approved the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014, which will fund the federal government through FY 2014. President Obama signed the legislation, averting yet another government shut down. The Consolidated Appropriations Act restores some but not all of the budget lines cut in the sequester.

 
 

Higher Education Community Supports Access to Publicly Funded Research

grafitti spelling FASTRimage © Newtown graffitiSixty-six presidents and provosts of US universities and colleges sent a letter to Congress urging passage of public access legislation, Fair Access to Science and Technology Research, or FASTR. This legislation promotes the acceleration of scientific discovery by making articles reporting on publicly funded scientific research freely accessible online. The presidents and provosts stated, “we believe that this legislation represents a watershed and provides an opportunity for the entire U.S. higher education and research community to draw upon their traditional partnerships and collaboratively realize the unquestionably good intentions of the bill’s framers—broadening access to publicly funded research in order to accelerate the advancement of knowledge and maximize the related public good. By ensuring broad and diverse access to taxpayer-funded research the bill also supports the intuitive and democratic principle that, with reasonable exceptions for issues of national security, the public ought to have access to the results of activities it funds.”

 
 

White House Directive on Public Access to Federally Funded Research and Data

On February 22, 2013, John P. Holdren, Director of the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy, issued a memorandum directing federal research funding agencies with R&D budgets of $100 million or more to develop a plan within six months to support increased public access to the results of research funded by the federal Government.

 
 
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