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Statement of Support for FASTR

posted Apr 1, 2013, 6:28 AM by Lars Hagelin

Statement of Support for FASTR

GWLA Supports Open Access Principles
in White House Directive and Proposed FASTR Legislation

The Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA), representing libraries at 33 research institutions in 17 states from Chicago to Honolulu, strongly supports increased public access to the output from scholarly work. We applaud the White House directive, issued February 14, 2013, which requires research articles and data resulting from most federally‐supported research to be made publicly available within one year of publication.

GWLA views the directive as an important expansion of the very successful public access policy created by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 2008. In addition, GWLA believes the Fair Access to Science and Technology Research (FASTR) Act of 2013 furthers the goals of open access to research and data.

Introduced with bipartisan support in the House and Senate, FASTR “require[s] federal agencies with annual extramural research budgets of $100 million or more to provide the public with online access to research manuscripts stemming from funded research no later than six months after publication in a peer‐reviewed journal.”

Importantly, FASTR would also require the content of the articles to be made available in electronic form for “productive re‐use, including computational analysis” and includes provisions for long‐term archiving to ensure the information can be used by generations of future researchers, scientists, and citizens.

GWLA believes that the principles as proposed by FASTR would be an important advance to the long‐term sustainability for these policies across federal research agencies, and would constitute a considerable leap forward in freeing public access to taxpayer‐funded research.

About GWLA

The Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA) is a consortium of 33 research libraries located in the central and western United States. GWLA is a dynamic, effective, project-oriented consortium, nationally recognized as a leader in the transformation of scholarly communication, and a facilitator in the application of new information technologies.

Our common interests intersect in programs related to scholarly communication, interlibrary loan, shared electronic resources, cooperative collection development, digital libraries, staff development and continuing education. GWLA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation chartered in Missouri, headquartered in Kansas City, with staff offices also located in Phoenix. For more information, visit www.gwla.org.