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White House Releases Memorandum on Scientific Collections

white-houseimage © Tom LohdanOn March 20, 2014, the US Science Advisor and Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), John P. Holdren, released a memorandum on “Improving the Management of and Access to Scientific Collections” (PDF). In the memo, OSTP directs: 

each Federal agency that owns, maintains, or otherwise financially supports permanent scientific collections to develop a draft scientific-collections management and access policy within six months. Agencies should collaborate through the IWGSC [Interagency Working Group on Scientific Collections] while developing these draft policies to reduce redundancy and identify opportunities for common requirements and standards. The end goal will be a systematic improvement of the development, management, accessibility, and preservation of scientific collections owned and/or funded by Federal agencies. The requirements below are intended to apply to institutional scientific collections owned, maintained, or financially supported by the US Government.

 
 
 

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