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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:

Climate Change: The Closing Door of Climate Targets

ICSU's Future Earth initiative has the remit of developing the knowledge for responding effectively to the risks and opportunities of global environmental change and for supporting transformation towards global sustainability in the coming decades. Some issues that fall directly under Future Earth's remit are highlighted in this 'Perspective' piece by Thomas F. Stocker in the 18 January 2013 edition of Science (Vol. 339, Issue 6117):