USDA to Host Listening Sessions — NOTE email comments extended to January 9, 2016

Reminder — USDA to Host Listening Sessions on Public Access to Scholarly Publications and Digital Scientific Data

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking public comment on the development of a policy to increase access to the results of federally-funded agricultural research. Dr. Catherine Woteki, the USDA’s Chief Scientist and Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics (REE) announced that USDA will receive comment at two live teleconferences and via email (extended through January 9, 2016).  The first webinar was held Monday, November 23, 2015, 2 pm EST:  Policy impacts related to scholarly papers. 

The second webinar is scheduled for this Friday, December 4, 2015, 2 pm EST: Policy impacts related to scientific data. 

Participant Instructions:

The conference begins at 2 pm  Eastern Time on December 04, 2015; you may join 10 minutes prior.

Step 1: http://ems7.intellor.com/login/700706

Step 2: Instructions for connecting to conference audio will then be presented on your computer

You will be connected to the conference with the AT&T Connect Web Participant Application – there is no software download or installation required. If you are unable to connect to the conference by computer, you may listen by telephone only at 1-877-369-5243 or 1-617-668-3633 using 0392090# or Find an Alternate NumberIf you need technical assistance, call the Help Desk at 1-888-796-6118 or 1-847-562-7015.

The public can also submit comments in writing by either sending them online to: (USDAresearchaccess@nifa.usda.gov) or mailing them to:

United States Department of Agriculture

National Institute of Food and Agriculture

c/o Paul Tanger, Institute of Food Production and Sustainability

1400 Independence Avenue SW, Stop 2240

Washington, DC 20250-2201

Comments will be received through Saturday, January 9, 2016.

 In 2013, the current Administration directed federal science agencies to develop plans to increase access to the results of federally funded scientific research. Since then, USDA has been drafting a public access policy for federally funded scholarly publications as well as for scientific datasets produced with the use of federal funds. 

The listening sessions should be of particular interest to stakeholders who have an interest in the public access of federally funded agricultural research data. These stakeholders include federally funded researchers, industry scientists, producers, universities, libraries, publishers, users of federally funded research results, and civil society groups.

For more information on public access to scholarly publications and digital scientific data policy development and implementation plans, visit http://www.ree.usda.gov.

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