Monday, May 21, 2012

Public Access to Federally Funded Research - Please sign the petition

Message from SPARC - Call to Action - Deadline June 19
We need 25,000 signatures.


Excerpts from SPARC message:  "As you know, the Obama Administration has been actively considering the issue of Public Access to the  results of Federally Funded Research this year. They have recently completed a year-long Interagency Working Group examination of the issue, and have had the opportunity to consider the public input contributed during the RFI process that ended in January. 

We now have a brief, critical window of opportunity to underscore our community's strong commitment to expanding the NIH Public Access Policy across all U.S. Federal Science Agencies. The Administration is currently considering which policy actions are priorities that will they will act on before the 2012 Presidential Election season swings into  high gear later this summer.  We need to ensure that Public Access is one of those priorities. 

To help accomplish this, SPARC will be working with our network of partner organizations across the library, 
publishing, research, student, and advocacy communities to post a petition to the White House's "We the People" site requesting action on this issue, starting on Monday, May 21st. If the petition garners 25,000 signatures within 30  days, it will be reviewed by White House staff, and considered for action. 

In order to reach this number, we need each and every SPARC member to do all that you can to activate your
networks, and to encourage as many colleagues to sign the petition as possible. Qualified signers must be at least 13  years old, have a valid email address, and come from inside or outside the U.S. Additional information - and the 
petition text - will be available at: https://wwws.whitehouse.gov/petitions

As you all know, we have worked extremely hard to get - and keep - the issue of public access to federally funded
research on the Administration's radar screen. We have been very successful in doing so, but illustrating the depth 
of public support represented by 25,000 signatures will help drive home the importance of this issue at a critical time. "

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