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NAS to help agencies increase public access to their research

The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) will convene two public meetings in May to gather input to help federal agencies develop plans to increase public access to the results of federally funded research. The White House instructed federal agencies to assemble such strategies back in February.

Interested individuals must register before 30 April to attend these two sessions, which will be held on 16 and 17 May in the NAS auditorium in Washington, DC. The events will provide opportunities for all stakeholder groups to offer input into the development of acceptable models of public access to the outputs of federally supported R&D.

NAS emphasised that it will provide an “unbiased forum” in which all views may be heard, even though time constraints may require that selection be made among the many who will apply to speak. The organisation said every effort would be made to assure that those who are selected are representative of all viewpoints.

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