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Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Panel on the US policy on OA

Tomorrow at the Library of Congress in Washington there will be a panel discussion, Evolving Information Policy: Open Access and New Constraints, on U.S. government policy on access to government information, from the public access to publicly-funded research to post-9/11 security concerns. Elias Zerhouni, Director of the NIH, will give the keynote. Excerpt from the public announcement: 'Though the argument for broad access to health and medical research funded by taxpayers is particularly compelling, similar arguments could be made for most government research: Should the public have to pay a private sector publisher to learn from research supported by tax dollars? At the same time, the threat of terrorism and other security issues have motivated new exemptions from open access....What are the implications of these divergent initiatives, which on one hand promise unprecedented access to information generated by government funding, while on the other, take from the public purview information historically accessible to all?' For those who can't make it, the talks will be cybercast. (Thanks to Gary Price.)