Getting What We Pay For

Cross posted at Agricola…..

Here’s a bit of good news. Of course, it seems like common sense to assume that federally funded research should be available to the taxpayers, but what do I know?

A slice to entice:

Until now, the placement of NIH-funded research papers into publicly accessible repositories was not mandated, but recommended. However, only about 5% of the authors actually did it, as the process was complex and not always clear. This number is growing, but far too slowly. From now on, authors will have clear guidelines and assistance in making sure that all the research becomes public a year after publication in a scholarly journal.

Not long ago, I read a post wherein the researcher could not get, from the Census Bureau, a consolidated, complete copy of the latest census data. Seems that different organs distribute different parts, and it’s not in the procedures manual for the public or the bureaucrats to see complete, compiled data. When I can find the link, I’ll update this post.

H/T Blog Around the Clock


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