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U.S. Increases Access to the Results of Federally Funded Scientific Research

After greater than 65,000 people in the U.S. recently signed a 'WE the PEOPLE' petition asking for increased public access to the results of taxpayer-funded research, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) responded on 22 February 2013 by releasing a policy memorandum committing in excess of 100M USD to making published results of federally funded research freely available to the public within one year of publication. In addition, the scientists involved in such research are being charged with the responsibility of ensuring that all associated digital data is adequately curated.

Further information on the OSPT's policy memorandum, as well as comments and responses to its release can be found on their blog:

Moreover, the following New York Times article was published immediately after the memorandum being made public: