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University of California’s Academic Senate Approves Open Access Policy

On 24 July 2013, the Academic Senate of the University of California (UC) passed an Open Access Policy that ensures future research articles authored by faculty at all 10 campuses of UC will be made available to the public without charge via eScholarship (UC's open access repository) in tandem with their publication in scholarly journals.

For more information on this story, including a link to the policy and its implementation, please visit the following UC Newsroom webpage:

GCMD/IDN 9.9.1 Software Release

The NASA GCMD/IDN team has announced the release of Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) / International Directory Network (IDN) System, Version 9.9.1. This release incorporates improvements to the back-end of the GCMD system, in addition to several new front-end features.

Please see the following document or visit the GCMD homepage ( for more details:

Interoperability Building Blocks

We would like to introduce you to the following paper on knowledge encapsulation written by Professor Reagan W. Moore of the School of Library and Information Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Although we unable to provide access (Springer allows the first two pages to be read online), this conference article on 'National Virtual Observatory Architecture' by Prof. Moore may also be of interest:

Follow-up Articles to OSTP Policy Memorandum

We would like to direct your attention to the following two articles reacting to, and stating the implications of, the recent policy memorandum released by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), which gives U.S. public access to results of taxpayer-funded research within 12 months of their publication.

The first of these articles by Jocelyn Kaiser appeared in the 1 March 2013 edition of Science Science (Vol. 339, Issue 6123):

The second is an 'FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News' piece (Number 35) written by Richard M. Jones on the same date:

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: