While not necessarily “governmental” — a recent article in the PLoS Biology by Gunther Eysenbach is generating a lot of blogging regarding green and gold Open Access: two parallel “roads” towards OA: OA journals and self-archiving.
Interesting enough, the article that identifies these roads is by Stevan Harnad, Tim Brody, et al “The Access/Impact Problem and the Green and Gold Roads to Open Access” is in a non-OA journal: Serials Review Volume 30, Issue 4, 2004, pp 310-314. Which is owned by Elsevier which has recently sent a letter offering authors the ability to make their articles open access: Elsevier offers OA hybrid journals via Peter Suber’s Open Access News.
However, if you want to follow some of the discussions of the PLoS article and other OA issues,there are some starting points:
Stevan Harnad’s Open Access Archivangelism
and of course, in the same issue of PLoS Biology issue Open Access Increases Citation Rate
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