February 24, 2012
The provosts (chief academic officers) of the institutions that comprise the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (AKA the Big 10) have written a fine letter in support of open access to federally-funded research and scholarship. The gist of it:
We believe that open access to such federally-funded research reports facilitates scholarly collaboration, accelerates progress, and reinforces our government’s accountability to taxpayers and commitment to promoting an informed citizenry essential to the enduring stability of our democracy.
They are especially concerned about the Research Works Act (H.R. 3699) recently introduced in Congress. As well they should be.