FASTR introduced in U.S. Congress to drastically expand public access to federally funded research

Today marks an historic step forward for public access to publicly funded research in the United States. The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR) was introduced in both the House of Representatives and the Senate. FASTR requires federal agencies with annual extramural research budgets of $100 million or more to provide the … Read More “FASTR introduced in U.S. Congress to drastically expand public access to federally funded research”

Act now to support public access to federally funded research

Last week the Federal Research Public Access Act (FRPAA) was reintroduced with bipartisan support in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate. According to SPARC, the bill would “require federal agencies to provide the public with online access to articles reporting on the results of the United States’ $60 billion in publicly funded … Read More “Act now to support public access to federally funded research”

Stop U.S. legislation that would block public access to publicly funded research

In December 2011 the U.S. House of Representatives introduced The Research Works Act (H.R.3699), a bill that will ban public access to publicly funded research. SPARC says, “Essentially, the bill seeks to prohibit federal agencies from conditioning their grants to require that articles reporting on publicly funded research be made accessible to the public online.” … Read More “Stop U.S. legislation that would block public access to publicly funded research”

Brazil introduces OER into federal legislation and adopts local government policy

OER seminar at the Sao Paulo Legislative Assembly by reanetbr / CC BY There’s been some exciting announcements in support of open educational resources (OER) in Brazil over the last few weeks. First, legislation was introduced into Brazil’s House of Representatives. The bill deals with three main issues: It 1) requires government funded educational resources to be … Read More “Brazil introduces OER into federal legislation and adopts local government policy”