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[BOAI] SPARC Applauds White House for Landmark Directive Opening Up Access to Scientific Research

From: Iryna Kuchma <iryna.kuchma AT eifl.net>
Date: Fri, 22 Feb 2013 23:48:25 +0200


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                     Contact:          Ranit Schmelzer

February 22, 2013
202-538-1065


sparcmedia AT arl.org ****

* *

*SPARC APPLAUDS WHITE HOUSE FOR LANDMARK DIRECTIVE*

*OPENING UP ACCESS TO SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH** *

*Ensures that Taxpayer-Funded Research Available to Public*

Washington, D.C. =96 The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources
Coalition (SPARC) today applauded President Obama for issuing a landmark
Directive to ensure that the results of taxpayer-funded research =96 both
articles and data =96 are made available to the general public to freely
access and fully use.

The action today comes about after a ten-year campaign by the =93Open Acces=
s=94
movement =96 scientists, universities, libraries, technology leaders, patie=
nt
advocates, entrepreneurs, students, and every-day Americans =96 aimed at
making taxpayer-funded scientific research freely accessible and fully
reusable in a digital environment.****

=93This is a watershed moment.  The Administration=92s action marks a major
step forward towards open access to scientific research,=94 said Heather
Joseph, Executive Director of SPARC, which works to broaden public access
to scholarly research.  =93The Directive will accelerate scientific
discovery, improve education, and empower entrepreneurs to translate
research into commercial ventures and jobs.  It=92s good for our nation, ou=
r
economy, and our future.=94

=93Knowledge is power.  It=92s the power to innovate, to advance scientific
discovery, to promote economic growth, and to create jobs.  In 2013, we
should be taking full advantage of the digital environment to disseminate
the results of publicly funded research, not keep this knowledge locked
away.=94

Every year, the federal government uses taxpayer dollars to fund tens of
billions of dollars of scientific research that results in thousands upon
thousands of articles published in scientific journals.  The government
funds this research with the understanding that it will advance science,
spur the economy, accelerate innovation, and improve the lives of our
citizens.  Yet most taxpayers =96 including academics, students, and patien=
ts
=96 are shut out of accessing and using the results of the research that
their tax dollars fund, because it is only available through expensive and
often hard-to-access scientific journals.

The potential economic benefits of opening up access to this research are
estimated to be in the hundreds of billions of dollars.  In instances where
this kind of open access has already been enabled, remarkable examples
demonstrate how powerful open access can be.  Placing the Human Genome
Project in the public domain, for example, enabled scientists everywhere to
access the data.  The $3.8 billion investment in the project has had an
estimated economic impact of almost $800 billion. ****

*Details of the White House Directive*

The White House
Directive<http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/02/22/expanding-public-access=
-results-federally-funded-research>affirms
the principle that the public has a right to access the results of
taxpayer-funded research and calls on all federal agencies with annual
research and development budgets of $100 million or more to provide free
and timely online access to the results of that research.  Articles
reporting on the results of publicly funded scientific research must be
made available after a 12 month embargo period.

The Directive builds on the progress made by the National Institutes of
Health (NIH), the first federal agency to require public access to
taxpayer-funded research.  Since its implementation, the NIH policy enabled
more than 90,000 new biomedical manuscripts to be made publicly available
each year, resulting in millions of Americans having access to vital health
care information.  Demand for this information is extremely high, with more
than 700,000 unique users accessing material from this repository each
weekday.

The Directive comes as the bipartisan Fair Access to Science and Technology
Research Act<http://www.arl.org/sparc/media/blog/with-introduction-of-fastr=
-congress-picks-up-the-p.shtml>(FASTR),
is making is way through the U.S. House of Representatives and
Senate.

=93The Directive is a major achievement for both open access and open
government.  We should now take the next step and make open access the law
of the land.  We commend Senators Cornyn and Wyden and Representatives
Doyle, Lofgren, and Yoder for introducing FASTR and call on Congress to
pass it without delay,=94 said Joseph.

To follow the conversation on Twitter use the hashtags #openaccess or
#OA.  Media
questions can be directed to  AT SPARC_NA or sparcmedia AT arl.org.

###

*About SPARC*

SPARC=AE, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, is an
international alliance of academic and research libraries working to
correct imbalances in the scholarly publishing system.  Developed by the
Association of Research Libraries, SPARC has become a catalyst for change. =
 Its
pragmatic focus is to stimulate the emergence of new scholarly
communication models that expand the dissemination of scholarly research
and reduce financial pressures on libraries.  More information can be found
at www.arl.org/sparc <http://www.arl.org/sparc/index.shtml>.

 ____________________________________
Stacie Lemick
Programs and Operations Associate
SPARC
(The Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition)
stacie AT arl.org

 <http://groups.google.com/a/arl.org/group/sparc-oaforum>

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ustify:inter-ideograph"><span 
style=3D"font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&qu=
ot;">FOR
IMMEDIATE 
RELEASE<span>=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=
=A0=A0=A0 </span>Contact:<span>=A0 
</span><span>=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0 </spa=
n>Ranit
Schmelzer</span></p><p class=3D"MsoNormal" 
style=3D"margin-left:1.0in;text-=
align:justify;text-justify:inter-ideograph"><span 
style=3D"font-family:&#39=
;Times New Roman&#39;">February
22, 
2013<span>=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=
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=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0 
</span><span>=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0 </s=
pan><a href=3D"tel:202-538-1065" 
value=3D"+12025381065" target=3D"_blank">2=
02-538-1065</a></span></p><p 
class=3D"MsoNormal"><span style=3D"font-family=
:&quot;Times New 
Roman&quot;"><span>=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=
=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=
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=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0 </span></span><a 
href=3D"mailto:sparcmedia AT arl.org" t=
arget=3D"_blank"><span 
style=3D"font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">sp=
arcmedia AT arl.org</span></a><span 
style=3D"font-family:&quot;Times New Roman=
&quot;"> 
<u></u><u></u></span></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal"><b><span 
style=3D"font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&=
quot;"><u></u>=A0<u></u></span></b></p><p class=3D"MsoNormal" style=3D"text=
-align:center" align=3D"center"><b><span 
style=3D"font-family:&quot;Times N=
ew Roman&quot;">SPARC APPLAUDS WHITE HOUSE
FOR LANDMARK DIRECTIVE</span></b></p><p 
class=3D"MsoNormal" style=3D"text-a=
lign:center" align=3D"center"><b><span 
style=3D"font-family:&quot;Times New=
 Roman&quot;">OPENING UP ACCESS TO
SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH</span></b><b><span 
style=3D"font-family:&quot;Times New=
 Roman&quot;"><u></u>=A0<u></u></span></b></p><p class=3D"MsoNormal" style=
=3D"text-align:center" 
align=3D"center"><b><i><span 
style=3D"font-family:&q=
uot;Times New Roman&quot;">Ensures
that Taxpayer-Funded Research Available to 
Public</span></i></b></p><p clas=
s=3D"MsoNormal"><span style=3D"font-family:&quot;Times 
New Roman&quot;">Was=
hington, D.C.
=96 </span><span style=3D"font-family:&quot;Times New 
Roman&quot;">The
Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) today applaud=
ed
President Obama for issuing a landmark Directive to ensure that the results=
 of taxpayer-funded
research =96 both articles and data =96 are made available to the general p=
ublic to
freely access and fully use.</span></p><p 
class=3D"MsoNormal"><span style=
=3D"font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">The action 
today comes about a=
fter </span><span style=3D"font-family:&quot;Times New 
Roman&quot;">a
ten-year campaign by the =93Open Access=94 movement =96 scientists, 
</span>=
<span style=3D"font-family:&quot;Times New 
Roman&quot;">universities, libra=
ries, technology
leaders, patient advocates, entrepreneurs, students, and every-day American=
s =96
aimed at making taxpayer-funded scientific research freely accessible and f=
ully
reusable in a digital environment.</span><span 
style=3D"font-family:&quot;T=
imes New 
Roman&quot;"><u></u><u></u></span></p><p class=3D"MsoNormal"><span=
 style=3D"font-family:&quot;Times New 
Roman&quot;">=93</span><span style=3D=
"font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">This is a
watershed moment.<span>=A0 </span>The Administration=92s
action marks a major step forward towards open access to scientific researc=
h,=94
said Heather Joseph, Executive Director of SPARC, </span><span 
style=3D"fon=
t-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">which
works to broaden public access to scholarly research</span><span 
style=3D"f=
ont-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">.<span>=A0
</span>=93The Directive will </span><span 
style=3D"font-family:&quot;Times =
New Roman&quot;">accelerate scientific discovery,
improve education, </span><span 
style=3D"font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&=
quot;">and
empower entrepreneurs to translate research into commercial ventures and jo=
bs.<span>=A0 </span>It=92s good for our nation, our economy, and
our future.=94<span>=A0</span></span></p><p 
class=3D"MsoNormal"><span style=
=3D"font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">=93Knowledge 
is
power.<span>=A0 </span>It=92s the power to innovate, to
advance scientific discovery, to promote economic growth, and to create job=
s. <span>=A0</span>In 2013, we should be taking full advantage of
the digital environment to disseminate the results of publicly funded resea=
rch,
not keep this knowledge locked away.=94</span><span 
style=3D"font-family:&#=
39;Times New Roman&#39;">=A0</span></p><p 
class=3D"MsoNormal"><span style=
=3D"font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">Every year, 
the
federal government uses taxpayer dollars to fund tens of billions of dollar=
s of
scientific research that results in thousands upon thousands of articles
published in scientific journals.<span>=A0 </span>The
government funds this research with the understanding that it will advance
science, spur the economy, accelerate innovation, and improve the lives of =
our
citizens.<span>=A0 </span>Yet most taxpayers =96 including
academics, students, and patients =96 are shut out of accessing and using t=
he
results of the research that their tax dollars fund, because it is only ava=
ilable
through expensive and often hard-to-access scientific 
journals.</span></p><=
p class=3D"MsoNormal"><span 
style=3D"font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot=
;">The potential economic benefits of opening up access to this
research are estimated to be in the hundreds of billions of 
dollars.<span>=
=A0 </span></span><span 
style=3D"font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">I=
n
instances where this kind of open access has already been enabled, remarkab=
le
examples demonstrate how powerful open access can be.<span>=A0 
</span></spa=
n><span style=3D"font-family:&quot;Times New 
Roman&quot;">Placing the Human=
 Genome Project in
the public domain, for example, enabled scientists everywhere to access the
data.<span>=A0 </span>The $3.8 billion investment in the
project has had an estimated economic impact of almost $800 billion. 
<u></u=
><u></u></span></p><p 
class=3D"MsoNormal"><b><span 
style=3D"font-family:&qu=
ot;Times New Roman&quot;">Details
of the White House Directive</span></b><span 
style=3D"font-family:&#39;Time=
s New Roman&#39;">=A0</span></p><p 
class=3D"MsoNormal"><span style=3D"font-=
family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">The <a 
href=3D"http://www.whitehouse.go=
v/blog/2013/02/22/expanding-public-access-results-federally-funded-research=
" target=3D"_blank">White
House Directive</a> affirms the principle that the public has a right to 
ac=
cess
the results of taxpayer-funded research and calls on all federal agencies w=
ith
annual research and development budgets of $100 million or more to provide =
free
and timely online access to the results of that research.<span>=A0 
</span>A=
rticles reporting on the results of publicly
funded scientific research must be made available after a 12 month embargo
period.</span></p><p class=3D"MsoNormal"><span 
style=3D"font-family:&quot;T=
imes New Roman&quot;">The Directive builds on the progress made by 
the Nati=
onal
Institutes of Health (NIH), the first federal agency to require public acce=
ss
to taxpayer-funded research. <span>=A0</span>Since its
implementation, the NIH policy enabled more than 90,000 new biomedical
manuscripts to be made publicly available each year, resulting in millions =
of
Americans having access to vital health care information.<span>=A0 
</span>D=
emand for this information is extremely
high, with more than 700,000 unique users accessing material from this
repository each weekday.</span></p><p 
class=3D"MsoNormal"><span style=3D"fo=
nt-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">The Directive
comes as the bipartisan </span><a 
href=3D"http://www.arl.org/sparc/media/bl=
og/with-introduction-of-fastr-congress-picks-up-the-p.shtml" 
target=3D"_bla=
nk"><span style=3D"font-family:&quot;Times New 
Roman&quot;">Fair Access to =
Science and Technology Research
Act</span></a><span style=3D"font-family:&quot;Times 
New Roman&quot;"> (FAS=
TR), is making
is way through the U.S. House of Representatives and 
Senate.</span></p><p c=
lass=3D"MsoNormal"><span 
style=3D"font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">=
=93The Directive
is a major achievement for both open access and open government.<span>=A0 
<=
/span>We should now take the next step and make
open access the law of the land.<span>=A0 </span>We
commend Senators Cornyn and Wyden and Representatives Doyle, Lofgren, and Y=
oder
for introducing FASTR and call on Congress to pass it without delay,=94 sai=
d
Joseph.<span>=A0</span></span><span 
style=3D"font-family:&#39;Times New Rom=
an&#39;">=A0</span></p><p 
class=3D"MsoNormal"><span style=3D"font-family:&q=
uot;Times New Roman&quot;">To follow the conversation
on Twitter use the hashtags #openaccess or #OA.<span>=A0
</span>Media questions can be directed to  AT SPARC_NA or 
</span><a href=3D"ma=
ilto:sparcmedia AT arl.org" target=3D"_blank"><span 
style=3D"font-family:&quot=
;Times New Roman&quot;">sparcmedia AT 
arl.org</span></a><span style=3D"font-fa=
mily:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">.</span></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal" style=3D"text-align:center" 
align=3D"center"><span s=
tyle=3D"font-family:&quot;Times New 
Roman&quot;">###</span></p><p class=3D"=
MsoNormal"><b><span style=3D"font-family:&quot;Times 
New Roman&quot;">About=
 SPARC<u></u><u></u></span></b></p>
<p class=3D"MsoNormal"><span 
style=3D"font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quo=
t;">SPARC=AE, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources
Coalition, is an international alliance of academic and research libraries
working to correct imbalances in the scholarly publishing 
system.<span>=A0 =
</span>Developed by the Association of Research
Libraries, SPARC has become a catalyst for change.<span>=A0 
</span>Its prag=
matic focus is to stimulate the
emergence of new scholarly communication models that expand the disseminati=
on
of scholarly research and reduce financial pressures on 
libraries.<span>=A0=
 </span>More information can be found at </span><a 
href=3D"http://www.arl.o=
rg/sparc/index.shtml" target=3D"_blank"><span 
style=3D"font-family:&quot;Ti=
mes New 
Roman&quot;">www.arl.org/sparc</span></a><span 
style=3D"font-family=
:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">.</span><span 
style=3D"font-family:&#39;Times=
 New Roman&#39;">=A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 
=A0 =A0 =
=A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0=
 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0=A0</span></p>


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<div>____________________________________</div><div>Stacie 
Lemick</div><div=
>Programs and Operations 
Associate</div><div>SPARC</div><div>(The Scholarly=
 Publishing &amp; Academic Resources Coalition)</div><div><a 
href=3D"mailto=
:stacie AT arl.org" target=3D"_blank">stacie AT 
arl.org</a></div>
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