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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:

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):

DOIs for NASA’s Earth Observing System

Let us introduce you to this interesting article taken from Volume 25, Issue 5 (SeptOct 2012) of NASA's newsletter, 'The Earth Observer'. In it, John Moses and Jeanne Behnke describe the utility of Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) in the Earth Science Data and Information System (ESDIS) Project.