Policy ForumSCIENCE PRIORITIES

Who Will Pay for Public Access to Research Data?

Science  09 Aug 2013:
Vol. 341, Issue 6146, pp. 616-617
DOI: 10.1126/science.1241625

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Summary

On 22 February, the U.S. Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) released a memo calling for public access for publications and data resulting from federally sponsored research grants (1). The memo directed federal agencies with more than $100 million R&D expenditures to “develop a plan to support increased public access to the results of research funded by the Federal Government.” Perhaps even more succinctly, a subsequent New York Times opinion page sported the headline “We Paid for the Research, So Let's See It” (2). So who pays for data infrastructure?