In November, OSTP issued two Requests for Information—one on Public Access to Peer-Reviewed Scholarly Publications Resulting From Federally Funded Research and the other on Public Access to Digital Data Resulting From Federally Funded Scientific Research. Today we are posting the public comments for those two solicitations and encourage you to take a look at what scientists, citizens, publishers, scientific societies, libraries and other stakeholders had to say.
We received 118 comments on public access to digital data and 378 on public access to scholarly publications. These comments came from organizations and individuals representing a wide variety of fields and stakeholders including scientists, publishers, librarians, scientific societies and companies.
These comments will inform the deliberations of two interagency working groups within the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC)—the Task Force on Public Access to Scholarly Publications and the Interagency Working Group on Digital Data— that were formed in response to requirements in the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010. That law, signed by President Obama in early 2011, requires that the NSTC coordinate the development of Federal science agency policies related to the dissemination and long-term stewardship of the results of unclassified research, including digital data and peer-reviewed scholarly publications, supported wholly or in part by funding from the Federal science agencies. The two groups will carefully consider all of the public comments during their deliberative process.
Chelsea Martinez is a Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Graduate STEM Fellow