Agencies Seek Input on Public Access to Scientific Data

November 8th, 2011 by Erwin Gianchandani Post a comment »

(This post has been updated; please scroll down for the latest.)

Yesterday, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) issued two Requests for Information (RFI) soliciting broad public input about “the long-term preservation of, and public access to, the results of Federally-funded research, including digital data and peer-reviewed scholarly publications.”

Some background:

OSTP has established two interagency policy groups under the National Science and Technology Council — the Task Force on Public Access to Scholarly Publications and the Interagency Working Group on Digital Data — to identify the specific objectives and public interests that need to be addressed by any policies in these two areas. The groups will take into account the varying missions, types of data, and dissemination models associated with the range of Federal science agencies and scientific disciplines…

The RFIs specifically focus on (after the jump):

  • Public Access to Digital Data Resulting From Federally-Funded Scientific Research — “to provide recommendations on approaches for ensuring long-term stewardship and encouraging broad public access to unclassified digital data that result from Federally-funded scientific research.” Responses to 13 questions are sought and cover issues of cost, credit, and mechanisms for preservation, discoverability, and access as well as standards for interoperability, re-use, and re-purposing of data. Responses are due by e-mail to digitaldata@ostp.gov by January 12, 2012.
  • Public Access to Peer-Reviewed Scholarly Publications Resulting From Federally-Funded Research — “to provide recommendations on approaches for ensuring long-term stewardship and broad public access to the peer-reviewed scholarly publications that result from Federally-funded scientific research.” Responses to 8 questions are sought and cover economic growth impact; intellectual property interests; centralized versus de-centralized approaches; public-private partnerships; interoperable search, required metadata, accessibility; burden; range of publications covered; and embargo period. Responses are due by e-mail to publicaccess@ostp.gov by January 2, 2012.

To learn more, check out the links above or yesterday’s OSTP blog post announcing these RFIs.

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Updated Wed., Dec. 21, at 3:10pm EST: In response to numerous requests, OSTP has extended the deadline for both RFIs to Jan. 12.

(Contributed by Erwin Gianchandani, CCC Director)