May 232012
 

The petition to the White House to require public access to the published results of taxpayer funded research has taken off – gaining more than 13,500 signatures in less than three days.  In order to get a response, a petition must get at least 25,000 signature in 30 days, so this is an awesome start.

It’s important to keep pushing, however, and send a strong message that this is an issue that matters to people – we don’t just want a response, we want policymakers to take notice of this constituency.

Petition:  http://wh.gov/6TH

Website: http://access2research.org

Facebook: http://facebook.com/access2research

Twitter: @access2research

Here’s a round-up of responses from around the web:

Articles and Blog Posts

The Guardian: US Petition Could Tip the Scales in Favor of Open Access Publishing http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/blog/2012/may/22/us-petition-open-access-publishing

Medeley Blog: Support free access to scientific journals arising from taxpayer-funded research. #OAMonday http://blog.mendeley.com/open-access/support-free-access-to-scientific-journal-articles-arising-from-taxpayer-funded-research-oamonday/

Library Journal: ACRL Urges Librarians to Sign Research Access Petition http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2012/05/legislation/acrl-urges-librarians-to-sign-research-access-petition/

InTechWebBlog: To know the importance of providing free access to taxpayer-funded research: http://intechweb.wordpress.com/2012/05/22/to-know-the-importance-of-providing-free-access-to-taxpayer-funded-research/

PLoS Blog: Tell the White House to Expand Open Access to Federally Funded Research: http://blogs.plos.org/plos/2012/05/tell-the-white-house-to-expand-open-access-to-federally-funded-research-2/

Scientific American: Take a stand for public access to taxpayer funded research http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/information-culture/2012/05/21/take-a-stand-for-public-access-to-taxpayer-funded-research/

Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC): Sign the White House Petition on Open Access to Research Today! http://www.arl.org/sparc/advocacy/frpaa/Sign_White_House_Petition_Open_Access_to_Research.shtml

John Wilbanks’s Tumblr: ACCESS2RESEARCH http://del-fi.org/post/23466490850/access2research#notes

Open Knowledge Foundation Blog: Petition the White House to Open Up Publicly Funded Research http://blog.okfn.org/2012/05/21/petition-the-white-house-to-open-up-publicly-funded-research/

Open Science Foundation Google+: https://plus.google.com/117417705451874519785/posts

Boing Boing: Petition to require free access over the internet to scientific journal articles arising from taxpayer-funded research http://boingboing.net/2012/05/22/petition-to-require-free-acc.html

Wired.com: A Petition for Free Online Access of Taxpayer-Funded Research: http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2012/05/a-petition-for-free-online-access-of-taxpayer-funded-research/

Discourse.net: Petition White House for Open Access to Taxpayer-Funded Research: http://www.discourse.net/2012/05/petition-white-house-for-open-access-to-reseearch.html

Confessions of A Science Librarian: Sign the petition to require open access to US taxpayer-funded research http://scienceblogs.com/confessions/2012/05/sign_the_petition_to_require_o.php?utm_source=combinedfeed&utm_medium=rss

Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Insider: Sign the White House Petition on Open Access to Research Today: http://www.acrl.ala.org/acrlinsider/archives/5394

Open Access Week Sign the White House Petition on Open Access to Research Today: http://www.openaccessweek.org/profiles/blogs/sign-the-white-house-petition-on-open-access-to-research-today?xg_source=activity

Scholarly Communication Program (Columbia University Libraries): Support open access to publicly funded research! http://scholcomm.columbia.edu/2012/05/21/support-open-access-to-publicly-funded-research-sign-the-petition/

ASU Libraries: Increasing Public Access to Federally Funded Research http://lib.asu.edu/librarychannel/2012/05/21/petition/

Etc. by Micah Vandegrift: Advocacy in the Form of Sabotaging a Facebook Post: http://micahvandegrift.posterous.com/advocacy-in-the-form-of-sabotaging-a-facebook

Alt1040: Open Data e investigación: acceso público y gratuito a los artículos científicos (Spanish): http://alt1040.com/2012/05/acceso-publico-gratuito-articulos-cientificos

Alliance for Taxpayer @ccess: Sign the White House Petition on Open Access to Research Today!: http://www.taxpayeraccess.org/issues/frpaa/Sign_White_House_Petition_Open_Access_to_Research_Today.shtml

Biosharing Blog: Open Access Petition – White House’s “We The People”: http://blog.biosharing.org/2012/05/open-access-petition-white-houses-we.html

Creative Commons: Sign the U.S. Petition to Support Public Access to Publicly Funded Scientific Research: http://creativecommons.org/weblog/entry/32727

Figshare: #OAMonday – A call to action: http://figshare.com/blog/OAMonday%20-%20A%20call%20to%20action/28

Stuart M. Shieber – The Occasional Pamphlet on Scholarly Communication: Open letter on the Access2Research White House petition: http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/pamphlet/2012/05/21/open-letter-on-the-access2research-white-house-petition/

Center for Scholarly Communication & Digital Curation Northwestern University Library: White House Petition on Open Access: http://cscdc.northwestern.edu/blog/?p=546

Sauropod Vertebra Picture of the Week #AcademicSpring: Help the USA into the 21st century (even if you’re not American): http://svpow.com/2012/05/21/help-the-usa-into-the-21st-century-even-if-youre-not-american/

3 Quarks Daily: Public Access to Publicly Funded Research: it’s only fair: http://www.3quarksdaily.com/3quarksdaily/2012/05/public-access-to-publicly-funded-research-its-only-fair.html#more

UCL Discovery Blog: access2research campaign and petition: http://blogs.ucl.ac.uk/ucl-discovery/2012/05/22/access2research-campaign-and-petition/

Research Remix: Dear Colleague, Please Sign The Petition. #Openaccess: http://researchremix.wordpress.com/2012/05/22/dear-colleage-please-sign/

 

Online Discussions and Videos

Public Pad (tracking endorsements): http://okfnpad.org/OAMonday

Reddit Discussion: http://www.reddit.com/r/politics/comments/txg7m/petition_obama_adminstration_to_require_free/

Slashdot Discussion: White House Petition For Open Access to Research: http://science.slashdot.org/story/12/05/21/1816251/white-house-petition-for-open-access-to-research

Hacker News Discussion: Petition Obama adminstration to require free access to publicly funded research (access2research.org): http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=4002152

Fake Elsiver video: http://vimeo.com/42549003

Google + Ripples Share Graphic https://plus.google.com/u/0/ripple/details?url=https://wwws.whitehouse.gov/petitions/!/petition/require-free-access-over-internet-scientific-journal-articles-arising-taxpayer-funded-research/wDX82FLQ&context=z12kzzmw1krtshkf422uupcpvsvojtslg

SPARC Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=5FoYxzPZDuw

RECENT/RELATED OPEN ACCESS ARTICLES

The Guardian: I can no longer work for a system that puts profit over access to research http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/blog/2012/may/16/system-profit-access-research?cat=science&type=article

@rret Sur Images: Depuis Janvier, Les Chercheurs en Rebellion Ouverte Contre Leurs Editeurs (Friends): http://www.arretsurimages.net/contenu.php?id=4938

Michael Geist: The Future of Education is Here, It’s Just Not Evenly Distributed http://www.michaelgeist.ca/content/view/6499/135/

Open Knowledge Foundation @ccess blog: http://access.okfn.org/2012/05/17/open-access-not-just-a-matter-for-scientists/

National Institute of Mental Health: Time Matters – Why We Care So Much About Data Sharing – http://www.nimh.nih.gov/about/director/2012/time-matters-why-we-care-so-much-about-data-sharing.shtml

 

 

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