Public Access to Federally Funded Scientific Research -- Public Meetings May 14-17

In a February memorandum, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy directed the heads of executive departments and agencies to develop a plan to support increased public access to the results of research funded by the federal government.


On behalf of this group, the National Research Council will host two public meetings to gather stakeholder input on acceptable models for increasing public access to the outputs of federally supported research and development, particularly scholarly publications and scientific data sets.


Select experts will provide brief introductory remarks on the first day of each meeting, with the remainder of the meeting time reserved for stakeholder comment.  Those wishing to provide oral comments during those sessions or submit written comments for consideration must register by April 30.



The meeting on public access to scholarly publications will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 14 and from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, May 15.


The meeting on public access to scientific data sets will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, May 16 and from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, May 17.


Both meetings will be held in the Auditorium of the National Academy of Sciences building, 2101 Constitution Ave., N.W.  A live video webcast of both meetings will be available at  Separate registration is required for each meeting and webcast and can be found at Registration closes Tuesday, April 30.  To register after April 30, reporters should contact the Office of News and Public Information; tel. 202-334-2138 or e-mail