The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy is seeking recommendations on approaches for ensuring long-term stewardship and public access to digital data and peer-reviewed scholarly publications that result from federally funded research.

Information is sought on ways to encourage public access to data and articles while protecting intellectual property, actions to improve compliance with federal data stewardship and access policies, the types of peer-reviewed publications that should be covered by the public access policies, and the appropriate duration of an embargo period after publication, among other topics.

The request for information is a result of the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act, which was enacted early this year. That law requires the establishment of a working group within the National Science and Technology Council to coordinate the policies of federal science agencies related to the dissemination and stewardship of research, including data and publications.

Comments will be accepted on public access to publications through 2 January 2012; more information is available at Comments regarding public access to data will be accepted through 12 January 2012; more information is available at


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