Jerry Sheehan: Education Dept, USAID and ODNI to Unveil Public Access Plans

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The Education Department, U.S. Agency for International Development and Office of the Director of National Intelligence will publish their respective public access plans in response to the Office of Science and Technology Policy‘s Memorandum on Increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Scientific Research.

Jerry Sheehan, White House Office of S&T Policy assistant director for scientific data and information, writes in a blog post published Friday the plans will increase the number of OSTP-approved U.S. federal department public access plans to 19.

The post noted that the approved public access plans cover approximately 98 percent of the U.S. federal expenditure on R&D and agencies have began efforts to boost the management of access to data that resulted from federally-funded research.

Sheehan added that all agencies possess designated repositories and systems to provide access to publications that resulted from federally-funded research including the National Institute of Health‘s PubMed Central and National Science Foundation’s Public Access Repository.

The National Science and Technology Council committee on science has also launched a new interagency working group on open science to support and facilitate interagency cooperation on topics of common interest.

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