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My kind of people!

Thanks to a recent ALA e-mail, I learned about Alliance for Taxpayer Access.

According to their web site, they are:

A diverse and growing alliance of organizations representing taxpayers, patients, physicians, researchers, and institutions that support open public access to taxpayer-funded research.

They also have a statement of principles that while focusing on scientific data, I think apply to all government data:

1. American taxpayers are entitled to open access on the Internet to the peer-reviewed scientific articles on research funded by the U.S. Government.

2. Widespread access to the information contained in these articles is an essential, inseparable component of our nation’s investment in science.

3. This and other scientific information should be shared in cost-effective ways that take advantage of the Internet, stimulate further discovery and innovation, and advance the translation of this knowledge into public benefits.

4. Enhanced access to and expanded sharing of information will lead to usage by millions of scientists, professionals, and individuals, and will deliver an accelerated return on the taxpayers’ investment.

Their latest press release noted that under the voluntary medical deposit to the National Institutes of Health, less than five percent of federally funded research is being deposited.

America can and should do better.

Alliance for Taxpayer Access is just one of the groups we at FGI feel are fighting the good fight for information access. Check out our organizations page for more.

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