Support Open Access to Government-Funded Science

I encourage everyone to sign a petition that asks the administration of President Obama to mandate that publicly-funded scientific research results be available to the public, over the Internet. Here are details:

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WE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO:

REQUIRE FREE ACCESS OVER THE INTERNET TO SCIENTIFIC JOURNAL ARTICLES ARISING FROM TAXPAYER-FUNDED RESEARCH

We believe in the power of the Internet to foster innovation, research, and education. Requiring the published results of taxpayer-funded research to be posted on the Internet in human and machine readable form would provide access to patients and caregivers, students and their teachers, researchers, entrepreneurs, and other taxpayers who paid for the research. Expanding access would speed the research process and increase the return on our investment in scientific research.

The highly successful Public Access Policy of the National Institutes of Health proves that this can be done without disrupting the research process, and we urge President Obama to act now to implement open access policies for all federal agencies that fund scientific research.

To sign the petition, you need to be 13 or older. You’ll need to supply a valid e-mail address; the petition site will send you a link at that address, which you click to sign.

Please sign – open access to science is vital. More details at Access2Research. H/T Mike Carroll.

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