White House Petition Calls for Free Access to Taxpayer-Funded Research

A petition has been posted on the "We the People" section of the White House website calling for "free access over the internet to scientific journal articles arising from taxpayer-funded research." The petition is halfway to the goal of 25k signatures by June 19, 2012. As advocates for free and open access to information, METRO member libraries and librarians have a great deal at stake in getting this petition heard. We encourage you to sign on if you have not already.

From the petition:

We believe in the power of the Internet to foster innovation, research, and education. Requiring the published results of taxpayer-funded research to be posted on the Internet in human and machine readable form would provide access to patients and caregivers, students and their teachers, researchers, entrepreneurs, and other taxpayers who paid for the research. Expanding access would speed the research process and increase the return on our investment in scientific research.

The highly successful Public Access Policy of the National Institutes of Health proves that this can be done without disrupting the research process, and we urge President Obama to act now to implement open access policies for all federal agencies that fund scientific research.

Sign the petition here. (requires setting up an account with the site before signing)