NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The White House plans to make data and information from federally-funded research available for public access and use as part of the Open Government Directive that President Barack Obama announced this week.

The administration yesterday posted a notice in the Federal Register seeking comments from interested parties on what forms the federal data policy should take.

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