The Obama administration has launched a study of the open access model of publishing in which materials are made available free online. The tone of the notice about the study -- from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy -- suggests interest in expanding open access as a federal policy beyond research supported by the National Institutes of Health. OSTP is planning a series of online discussions on questions of implementation ("Which Federal agencies are good candidates to adopt public access policies? What variables (field of science, proportion of research funded by public or private entities, etc.) should affect how public access is implemented at various agencies, including the maximum length of time between publication and public release?"); technology ("In what format should the data be submitted in order to make it easy to search and retrieve information, and to make it easy for others to link to it?"); and management ("What are the best mechanisms to ensure compliance? What would be the best metrics of success?").
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