A bill to make federal research available online
Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Pa.) is trying to make research papers available to the public through a bill he introduced last week that would require agencies to give online access to publications.
The bill, called the Federal Research Public Access Act (H.R. 5037), was announced last Thursday would require federal agencies with annual research budgets of $100 million or more – which includes the Federal Communications Commission – to provide, no later than six months after release, access to federally funded research studies.
"This bill will give the American people greater access to the important scientific research results they’ve paid for,” Doyle said today. “It is a policy that recognizes the new opportunities inherent in the digital environment, and it will accelerate scientific discovery and innovation and enable Americans to realize a significant return on our national investment in science.”
Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), chairman of the Commerce Committee, co-sponsored the bill.
April 19, 2010; 10:05 AM ET
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