Plan for Open Access

The Obama administration announced a new open-access plan on Friday, calling for the public to be able to freely access the results of federally funded research. A memo from John Holdren, who heads the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, directs federal agencies that spend more than $100 million a year on research and development to devise a plan to implement public access to such research.

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