Open Access to Research
It is an exciting time for researchers who are rich with intellectual curiosity, but short on cash.
The FY2008 omnibus appropriations bill
contained a provision to establish a new policy directing the National
Institutes of Health (NIH) to provide the public with free online
access to findings from its funded research. Beginning on April 7,
2008, every scientist who publishes the results of research funded by
an NIH grant in a peer-reviewed journal is required to deposit a
digital copy of the article in PubMed Central
the online digital library maintained by the NIH. The public will be
able to access these articles through PubMed Central for free!
Open access to the law has also been in the spotlight recently. Earlier this month, Creative Commons and Public.Resource.Org announced the first release of a case law available for download by developers. The release covers all U.S. Supreme Court decisions and all Court of
Appeals decisions from 1950 forward. The case law was provided by
Fastcase, Inc. which recently announced its new Public Library of Law.
In addition to this
exciting news, PACER is now available at no-fee at sixteen libraries,
thanks to a joint pilot project by the Government Printing Office and
the Administrative Office of the United States Courts.
University's Faculty of Arts and Sciences recently approved a plan to
give the University a worldwide license to make each faculty member's
scholarly articles available in a free repository and to exercise the
copyright in the articles, provided that the articles are not sold for