Open access to publicly-funded research accelerates discovery and progress.GET INVOLVED
Publicly-funded research saves lives and has transformed the way we learn, live and communicate. There are big barriers to finding that research for everyday people - such as paywalls and complicated search features. Given it's tax season we thought that it would be a great moment for us as taxpayers (the funders of large amounts of scientific research!) to advance a set of principles we’d like to see apply to publicly-funded research:
The public should have full, open access to publicly-funded research, free of cost and available online. Open access to data will help individual entrepreneurs, researchers and consumers build on and use information generated from research. Thanks to publicly funded research made openly available, farmers in Colorado have access to weather data to predict irrigation costs and market cycles for crops.
We don’t know when research will come in handy again so preservation is key! For example, the technology developed for the Hubble space telescope was later used to create a new method of breast cancer screening. That’s why it’s crucial for this work to be preserved and archived rigorously.
You should be able to read studies without having a third party track what you're doing, and without needing expensive software to decipher complicated file formats. It should be easy for professional and citizen scientists alike to search data quickly and efficiently.
If so, add your name to these principles and share widely so we can help create more space for open data and science.
Your signature, combined with hundreds of scientists, will show our leaders that taxpayers expect to see the results of the scientific research so we can build on and expand on these findings.