Sign The Whitehouse Petition Requiring Free Access to Taxpayer Funded Research

This is something that should matter to us all.  Our tax dollars pay for this research- we’ve paid once, and we don’t need greedy academic ‘publishers’ forcing us to pay again.

We believe in the power of the Internet to foster innovation, research, and education. Requiring the published results of taxpayer-funded research to be posted on the Internet in human and machine readable form would provide access to patients and caregivers, students and their teachers, researchers, entrepreneurs, and other taxpayers who paid for the research. Expanding access would speed the research process and increase the return on our investment in scientific research.

The highly successful Public Access Policy of the National Institutes of Health proves that this can be done without disrupting the research process, and we urge President Obama to act now to implement open access policies for all federal agencies that fund scientific research.

Sign the petition.  Go do it now.

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3 thoughts on “Sign The Whitehouse Petition Requiring Free Access to Taxpayer Funded Research

  1. Jona Lendering 22 May 2012 at 10:54 am

    Of course, what we really need is a petition calling for the persecution of those people who have gotten us into this mess: the scholars who have allowed JSTOR to lock their articles behind a pay wall. That is not a joke. Most countries have a law that insist on rendering information to the tax payer – not selling information, and not rendering it to pay sites.

    Nevertheless: http://rambambashi.wordpress.com/2012/05/22/please-sign-the-petition/

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    • Jim 22 May 2012 at 11:35 am

      i agree

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