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Lawmakers hear arguments for and against open access to research

July 30, 2010

Advocates for public access to federally funded research made their case before a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee on Thursday, while publishers' representatives urged lawmakers to proceed with caution for fear of putting U.S. intellectual property - and publishers' livelihoods - at risk.

The subcommittee's chair, Rep. William Lacy Clay Jr., Democrat of Missouri, noted in his opening remarks that the proceedings were not attached to any specific piece of legislation but were designed "to examine the current state of federally funded research and to discuss the potential implications of increased access."

David Shulenburger, vice president for academic affairs at the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, testified that his group supports "a well-formed public-access policy." That support is based in part on polling of the provosts and research officers at the group's member institutions, he said.

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