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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

White House consultation enters next round

Rick Weiss, Public Access Policy Phase One Wrap-Up: Implementation, OSTP Blog, December 19, 2009.

[December 20] marks the last day of Phase One of OSTP’s forum on public access to published, federally funded research. ...

[T]hanks and kudos to everyone for making the first ten days of this process such a success. Together you weighed in with almost 200 substantive comments, many complete with links to studies and other valuable data sets that promise to keep our discussion and policy planning process evidence-based, as it should be. ...

[W]e have heard from many of you that this schedule [for Phases Two and Three] poses difficulties, especially because of the intervening holidays. ... So we have decided (and will soon announce in the Federal Register) to add two weeks beyond the scheduled end of [the Phase Three] forum. We will use those last two weeks to revisit, on a more detailed level, all three focus areas that will have been addressed by then—perhaps asking you to dive deeper into a few areas that, by then, show themselves as deserving additional attention. ...

Rick Weiss, Policy Forum on Public Access to Federally Funded Research: Features and Technology, OSTP Blog, December 21, 2009.

This morning OSTP is launching Phase Two of our forum on public access publishing, which will focus on Features and Technology. ...

It is one thing to talk about the philosophy of public access and open government generally, and quite another to get serious about how, exactly, to implement some of those ideas. So through the waning hours of 2009—until midnight of Dec. 31, that is—OSTP is inviting you to weigh in on some of the nuts and bolts aspects of public access publishing. Among the questions we hope you will address:

  • In what format should published papers be submitted in order to make them easy to find, retrieve, and search and to make it easy for others to link to them?
  • Are there existing digital standards for archiving and interoperability to maximize public benefit?
  • How are these anticipated to change?
  • Are there formats that would be especially useful to researchers wishing to combine datasets or other published results published from various papers in order to conduct comparative studies or meta-analyses?
  • What are the best examples of usability in the private sector (both domestic and international) and what makes them exceptional?
  • Should those who access papers be given the opportunity to comment or provide feedback?
  • What are the anticipated costs of maintaining publicly accessible libraries of available papers, and how might various public access business models affect these maintenance costs?
  • By what metrics (e.g. number of articles or visitors) should the Federal government measure success of its public access collections? ...