A few whiles ago I wrote a post about some legislation making its way through the congress. The basic idea is that the law would direct “the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to provide the public with open online access to findings from its funded research. That would make it so that those who recieved money from the government for resarch, must make those findings ‘open’ 12 months after they are published.

Well, I know many of you have been holding your breath. Many of you have stayed up late at nights, wondering if this legislation has passed. Or if it will pass. Or if it passed already.

Well, wonder no longer. Bush has signed it into law.

Cue the celebrating…

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2 Responses to Passed…

  1. Tom says:

    This is great news! I’ll try not to be cynical and wonder why it has taken this long. I’m just glad to hear that the tax dollars being spent on NIH research will actually be made public via open online journals. Pop the cork! More sparkling cider over here, please!

  2. Rabid Groundhog says:

    I’m going to take a wild guess that the jobless rate wherever the National Library of Medicine is has just dropped due to all the archivers that will be needed. Nice to see the work come forth to those who are flipping the bill for it. Some average Joe’s out here in the world might have some darn good ideas on some of the reports that come forth. It sounds like it will be a slow process. I saw a sign once on I-15 at around the point of the Mountain many years ago when the road was all torn up… It said “Rome wasn’t built in a day. This won’t be either.” But it is a start. And a good one.
    -Got any more cider left?

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