June 2013, Volume XII, Number 12
Monthly External Awards Report: April 2013
OSTP Public Access Directive -- Planning and Implications
Developments on the Creation of a National Repository for Publications and Data Arising Directly from Federal Research Funding
(From a June 5, 2013, email message from Michael Tanner, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities)
On Feb. 22, 2013, John P. Holdren, Director of the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy, issued a memorandum that called for major federal research funding agencies to develop a plan for expanded public access to the fruits of federal funding research. In brief, some 23 federal agencies will present plans by August 22, 2013 for how they will make research results and supporting data available for public access and use after an embargo period.
(Download a brief synopsis of developments to date.) APLU has been working with AAU and ARL to advise the federal agencies in the development of their plans. Specifically, ARL, AAU, and APLU have crafted a conceptual proposal, entitled SHARE, that describes how a distributed institutional repository might be built from repositories at universities that are either existing or under development. Articles tagged with key identifiers and stored in an array of repositories would be found by commercial search engines and made available to the public once the embargo period has expired.
At this moment, there appear to be three approaches emerging for consideration by the Interagency Public Access Committee, which is a coordinating committee created by the 2010 COMPETES Act. The first is to use one or more central federal repositories, following on the model pioneered by NIH with PubMed Central. The second is a proposal called CHORUS from a group of society and commercial publishers that would create a common access gateway to articles they have published and archived. The third is the SHARE approach building on university repositories.
Regardless of the approaches taken, realizing the intended public access is the important goal. For many researchers, implementation will add an extra step at the end of the publication process: federally funded articles must be properly deposited to be available for timely public access. While NIH-funded researchers are already familiar with this step, it may be new to non-NIH researchers. We would like to keep the process of full compliance with the new OSTP directive as simple as possible for researchers and research administration.
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