On March 24, 2014, ARL, SPARC, and 14 other organizations sent a letter (PDF) to Chairman Smith (R-TX) and Representative Johnson (D-TX) urging them to modify the Frontiers in Innovation Research, Science, and Technology (FIRST) Act of 2014 (H.R. 4186), which reauthorizes parts of the America COMPETES Act. The bill includes many deeply problematic provisions relating to the National Science Foundation (NSF) and also includes restricted provisions for public access to research results.
“SHared Access Research Ecosystem” article by Tyler Walters, dean of university libraries at Virginia Tech and co-chair of the SHARE Steering Group, and Judy Ruttenberg, program director at ARL, published in the March/April 2014 EDUCAUSE Review. View this article online on the EDUCAUSE Review website.
The SHARE notification service will gather information about research release events through both a direct push protocol and a harvest strategy. The service will then notify consumers of these events through free subscriptions to predefined channels of notices and by allowing searches of its digest of research release events. The notification service is only the first step along the road to SHARE's long-term vision of a robust repository ecosystem for research output. This document describes the notification service in detail.
On March 24, 2014, the Open Access Working Group (OAWG) sent a letter to the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology in opposition to Secion 303 of the Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science, and Technology Act of 2014 (FIRST Act). The OAWG believes the language in Section 303 runs counter to the intent of the goals set forth in the original bill.
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The SHared Access Research Ecosystem (SHARE)—a joint initiative of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Association of American Universities (AAU), and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU)—released on February 6, 2014, the SHARE Notification System Project Plan (PDF). The plan details the first in a series of activities to be undertaken by SHARE to ensure that scholarly research outputs are discovered and built upon in a manner that facilitates and accelerates the research process. The SHARE notification system is consistent with higher education’s ongoing mission to encourage community-driven solutions that increase public access to research and maximize knowledge creation.
The SHared Access Research Ecosystem (SHARE) Notification System Project Plan, released February 6, 2014, details the first in a series of activities to be undertaken by SHARE to ensure that scholarly research outputs are discovered and built upon in a manner that facilitates and accelerates the research process.
image © Katie HarbathThe US House of Representatives and the US Senate on January 16, 2014, 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.
This week, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is hosting Copyright Week, with each day devoted to a different issue. Copyright Week will last six days, ending on Saturday, January 18, 2014, the two-year anniversary of the Internet blackouts protesting the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA). ARL and 16 other organizations are participating in Copyright Week. Throughout the week, the participants will discuss key principles that should guide copyright policy.
On Monday, December 2, ARL joined others in the library community in submitting a letter to the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in regards to making its primary legal materials and publicly available comments accessible via the Government Printing Office (GPO) Federal Digital System, FDsys "in the event of a government shutdown or other circumstances that force the Commission's website offline."
Letter to the FCC (PDF)
image © University of DenverSpeakers’ slides from the ARL Membership Meeting and the ARL Fall Forum held October 9–10 and October 10–11 in Arlington, Virginia, are now on the ARL website. Several ARL Membership Meeting sessions built on recent discussions about strategic thinking and the future landscape for research libraries. This year’s ARL Fall Forum, “Mobilizing the Research Enterprise,” explored opportunities and collaborations in responding to the White House memorandum on “Increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Research.” Available slides include: