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Posted by evariste on Feb 25, 2013 3:58 pm

5 comments, latest by zorkmidden at 9:34 am 2/26

#1 evariste at 3:59 pm on Feb 25, 2013

(Reuters) - The White House has moved to make the results of federally funded research available to the public for free within a year, bowing to public pressure for unfettered access to scholarly articles and other materials produced at taxpayers' expense.

"Americans should have easy access to the results of research they help support," John Holdren, the director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, wrote on the White House website.

An online petition on the White House website demanding free access over the Internet to scientific journal articles arising from taxpayer-funded research drew 65,704 signatures.

The directive comes amid a changing landscape for publishing and the availability of information due to the Internet.

Scientists have long published the results of their work in scholarly journals, and many such publications have warned that open access would destroy them and the function they provide the scientific community.

The White House move also came some six weeks after the suicide of Internet openness activist Aaron Swartz, who was renowned for making a trove of information freely available to the public.

Hooray!

#2 evariste at 9:30 am on Feb 26, 2013

In other good news, the fish poop vigil has been called off.

#3 zorkmidden at 9:32 am on Feb 26, 2013

Finally! I've never waited so long for someone to poop in my life.

#4 franco cbi at 9:32 am on Feb 26, 2013

Your fish swallowed a wedding ring?

#5 zorkmidden at 9:34 am on Feb 26, 2013

LOL!

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