[Open-access] [GOAL] Fight Publishing Lobby's Latest "FIRST" Act to Delay OA - Nth Successor to PRISM, RWA etc.

Eric F. Van de Velde eric.f.vandevelde at gmail.com
Fri Nov 15 00:09:13 UTC 2013

Unfortunately, this is the problem of moving the discussion and
implementation of open access to the national political stage. Earlier this
year, I wrote the following (

"There are also reasons for concern. As this new phase of the OA movement
unfolds on the national political stage, all sides will use their influence
and try to re-shape the initial policies to further their respective
agendas. The outcome of this political game is far from certain. Worse, the
outcome may not be settled for years, as these kind of policies are easily
reversed without significant voter backlash."


"Academic libraries, which enthusiastically supported and developed Green
OA, now enter this political arena in a weak position. The White House
memorandum all but ignores them. Before complacency sets in, there is
precious little time to argue a compelling case for independent
institutional or individual repositories preserved in a long-term archive.
After all, government-run repositories may disappear at any time for a
variety of reasons."

The political approach may be necessary to get OA enacted, but we need to
implement OA in such a way that it is immune from political influence. In
my book, that seems to be a perfect role for libraries.


Twitter: @evdvelde
E-mail: eric.f.vandevelde at gmail.com

On Thu, Nov 14, 2013 at 5:26 AM, Stevan Harnad <amsciforum at gmail.com> wrote:

> They never stop trying! Please help defeat the publishing lobby's latest
> attempt to keep filibustering OA for as long as humanly tolerable.
> (And 1st implement the immediate-deposit mandate & Button<http://t.co/ql2i5VOBYg>,
> which take the wind out of the sails of publisher OA embargoes.)
> Stevan Harnad
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Nick Shockey <nick at arl.org>
> Date: Wed, Nov 13, 2013 at 7:25 PM
> Subject: [sparc-oaforum] Call to Action: Oppose Section 302 of the
> proposed FIRST Act
> To: SPARC Open Access Forum <sparc-oaforum at arl.org>
> A discussion draft of the Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science and
> Technology Act of 2013 (FIRST), currently being circulated within the House
> Science Committee, would impose significant barriers to the
> public’s ability to access taxpayer funded research by restricting federal
> science agencies’ ability to provide timely, equitable, online access to
> articles and data reporting on the results of research that they support.
> One provision of the proposed bill – Section 302 – would extend the
> embargo period after which federally funded research must be made
> freely available *to up to three years after publication*.  This
> extension would undercut federal agencies’ ability to effectively implement
> the widely-supported White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
> Directive on Public Access to the Results of Federally Funded Research,
> undermine the public access program pioneered by the National Institutes of
> Health (NIH), and significantly hurt the utility of US public access policy.
> You can learn more about Section 302 of the proposed FIRST Act and how it
> would delay public access to publicly funded research on the SPARC website:
> http://www.sparc.arl.org/advocacy/national/first.
> *SPARC asks supporters of Open Access to take the following steps to
> ensure Section 302 doesn’t roll back the White House Directive:*
>    1. *Ask your representatives in Congress to oppose language in the
>    proposed FIRST Act to delay public access (Section 302) now through our
>    Legislative Action Center: http://www.congressweb.com/SPARC/22
>    <http://www.congressweb.com/SPARC/22>*
>    2. Tweet at your legislators to oppose Section 302 of the FIRST Act
>    and directly at Representative Lamar Smith (@LamarSmithTX21), Chairman of
>    the House Science Committee.
>    3. Forward this call to action or a link to the SPARC action page for
>    the FIRST Act to friends, colleagues, and email lists.  Post about the bill
>    to personal or organizational social media channels.
>    4. Write an op-ed or letter to the editor about Section 302 of the
>    FIRST Act for your local or campus newspaper, blog, or other publication
>    outlet.
> Thanks in advance for your support in ensuring Section 302 does not become
> law.
> Best,
> Nick
> Nick Shockey
> Director, Right to Research Coalition
> Director of Student Advocacy, SPARC
> nick at arl.org
> +1 202 296 2296
> Skype: nick.shockey
> http://www.righttoresearch.org
> *http://www.arl.org/sparc <http://www.arl.org/sparc>*
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