In the Public Interest: Open Access and Public Policy (ALA 05 MW)
ALA Midwinter 2005: SPARC/ACRL Forum
In the Public Interest: Open Access and Public Policy
Over 300 ALA MidWinter attendees attended the SPARC-ACRL forum to hear stakeholders talk about the proposed National Institutes of Health (NIH) public access policy, endorsed by both houses of the U.S. Congress.
Columbia University Librarian James Neal, who serves as chairman of the SPARC steering committee, presented a panel of three speakers. The first speaker, representing NIH's National Library of Medicine, discussed the motivations that led NIH to propose giving taxpayers enhanced access to results from federally funded biomedical research via the NLM's online resource, PubMed Central. The rest of the panel represented scientists and patients, some of whom formed alliances to support the NIH initiative. The speakers considered the array of economic, social, and scientific benefits this breakthrough policy will help establish in biomedical research and more broadly throughout our healthcare system.
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