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U.S. Department of Energy Increases Access to Results of DOE-funded Scientific Research

“The U.S. Department of Energy is introducing new measures to increase access to scholarly publications and digital data resulting from Department-funded research. The Energy Department has launched the Public Access Gateway for Energy and Science – PAGES – a web-based portal that will provide free public access to accepted peer-reviewed manuscripts or published scientific journal articles within 12 months of publication. “Increasing access to the results of research funded by the Department of Energy will enable researchers and entrepreneurs to capitalize on our substantial research and development investments,” said Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz. “These new policies set the stage for increased innovation, commercial opportunities, and accelerated scientific breakthroughs.” (via Department of Energy)

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Congress Advances Public Access Mandate for Federal Research

“With passage of the 2014 Omnibus Appropriations Act, Congress has advanced a 2013 Presidential directive requiring public access to taxpayer funded research. The bill mandates that federal agencies with annual research budgets of $100 million or more under the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Departments offer online public access to articles resulting from federally funded research no later than 12 months after publication in a peer-reviewed journal. Specifically, the Omnibus bill makes public access to taxpayer-funded research a legal requirement for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and Education, plus other smaller agencies. In addition, public access advocates note, “the bill directs other federal agencies to keep moving on the Directive policies,” including the Departments of Agriculture, the Interior, Commerce, and the National Science Foundation.” (via PW)

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Down and out, but online at the library

“Murray Carter, 56, is living a life without luxury. He’s out of work. He sleeps at the Weingart Center on skid row. He’s hoping for a job as a cook. He needs to go online to find one. But he’s worlds away from affording either a computer or Internet access. Well before the Central Library opens at 10 a.m., Carter waits out front to get in and grab a computer terminal. Toni Albert, 23, of East L.A. takes night nursing classes at community college. Her mom helps by looking after her baby. But Albert also needs a computer and one’s out of reach for now. So she waits, too, holding 7-month-old Zariyah to her chest.”

via LA Times

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