White House issues directive supporting public access to publicly funded research

Seal of the United States Office of Scienceand Technology Policy / Public Domain Today, the White House issued a Directive supporting public access to publicly-funded research. John Holdren, Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, “has directed Federal agencies with more than $100M in R&D expenditures to develop plans to make the published … Read More “White House issues directive supporting public access to publicly 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”

Comments to the White House Inquiry on Public Access to Publicly Funded Research Publications, Data

In November we wrote that the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) was soliciting comments on two related Requests for Information (RFI). One asked for feedback on how the federal government should manage public access to scholarly publications resulting from federal investments, and the other wanted input on public access to the … Read More “Comments to the White House Inquiry on Public Access to Publicly Funded Research Publications, Data”

Urgent: Stop [U.S.] American censorship of the Internet

November 16 the U.S. Congress will hold hearings on a bill that would unfairly, recklessly and capriciously enable and encourage broad censorship of the Internet in the name of suppressing distribution of works not authorized by copyright holders. As Public Knowledge aptly summarizes, the “Stop Online Piracy Act” would seriously “threaten the functioning, freedom, and … Read More “Urgent: Stop [U.S.] American censorship of the Internet”

Creative Commons and Open Educational Resources in the U.S. National Education Technology Plan

The United States Department of Education 2010 National Educational Technology Plan (pdf) includes the following: Open Educational Resources (OER) are an important element of an infrastructure for learning. OER come in forms ranging from podcasts to digital libraries to textbooks, games, and courses. They are freely available to anyone over the web. Educational organizations started … Read More “Creative Commons and Open Educational Resources in the U.S. National Education Technology Plan”

A Brief Overview of U.S. Public Policy on OER from California's Community Colleges to the Obama Administration

The Publius Project at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society offers a new essay on OER and public policy in the United States: A Brief Overview of U.S. Public Policy on OER from California’s Community Colleges to the Obama Administration . Written by Carolina Rossini and Erhardt Graeff, it does a great job of … Read More “A Brief Overview of U.S. Public Policy on OER from California's Community Colleges to the Obama Administration”