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2014 SSP 36th Annual Meeting

Concurrent 2A: Expanding Public Access…

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Concurrent 2A: Expanding Public Access to the Results of Federally Funded Research: A Progress Report

Last year, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) issued a memo calling for public-private partnerships to offer solutions for expanding public access to the results of federally funded research. This session will provide an up-to-the-minute progress report on where things stand. A representative from the OSTP will discuss the current state of funding agency policies, for access to research papers and data. The Executive Director of CHOR, Inc. will provide an update on CHORUS, (Clearinghouse for the Open Research of the United States). A publisher will review why they joined the CHORUS pilot and lessons learned as they implemented CHORUS on their journal platform. A representative from SHARE (Shared Access Research Ecosystem), the joint effort of the ARL, the AAU, and the APLU will discuss both their community-driven initiative to increase public access to research and maximize knowledge creation and how publishers can help support it.
Moderator: David Crotty, Oxford University Press


Michael Stebbins, White House Office of Science & Technology Policy
Dr. Stebbins is Assistant Director for Biotechnology at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy where he is responsible for life sciences, and biotechnology issues. He previously served as a science advisor to the Obama Campaign and on the Obama Presidential Transition Team. He is the former Director of Biology Policy for the Federation of American Scientists and President of Scientists and Engineers for America Action Fund. He is a co-founder and served on the Board of Directors for Scientists and Engineers for America. Dr. Stebbins is a former and Adjunct Professor of Bioethics at UPenn, has worked as a Legislative Fellow for U.S. Senator Harry Reid and a Public Policy Fellow for the National Human Genome Research Institute. Before coming to Washington, Dr. Stebbins was a Senior Editor at Nature Genetics. He received his B.S. in Biology at SUNY Stony Brook and his Ph.D. in Genetics while working at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, where he developed inducible systems for controlling gene expression in transgenic animals.
Linda Plunket, Boston University
Linda Plunket is the Associate University Librarian for Graduate & Research Services at Boston University. She is one of three AULs working with the University Librarian to transform the libraries at BU. Her portfolio includes overseeing collection development and the collections budget, leading the assessment of library-wide services and resources, and supervising the branch libraries. Linda is an active member of the SHARE Communications Working Group. She has a Masters in Oceanography and a Masters in Library and Information Science. SHARE (SHared Access Research Ecosystem), is a proposed intiative from the Association of Research Libraries, the Association of American Universities, and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.
Howard Ratner, CHOR Inc.
Howard Ratner is Executive Director of CHOR Inc. and leads its first service CHORUS — ClearingHouse for the Open Research of the United States — a not-for-profit public-private partnership to increase public access to peer-reviewed publications that report on federally funded research. Howard was most recently Chief Technology Officer, Executive Vice-President, for Nature Publishing Group where he was in charge of global web and mobile development and operations, content management, production and manufacturing, and information technology across all NPG products. Howard’s earlier positions included Director, Electronic Publishing & Production for Springer and a member of the production staff at John Wiley & Sons. Howard founded or led many of the major cross-community efforts in scholarly communications. He co-founded and chaired the not-for-profit ORCID Open Researcher and Contributor ID system — and continues to serve on its board of directors. He was active in the establishment of the Digital Object Identifier (DOI) and the founding and technical development of CrossRef and CLOCKSS. He currently serves as the President-Elect for the Society for Scholarly Publishing and is an active member of the STM Future Labs. Howard received the NFAIS Miles Conrad Memorial Lecture Award in 2012. He is a frequent speaker on a variety of production and new technology themes.
Mark Doyle, American Physical Society
Dr. Mark Doyle has been with the American Physical Society for over 17 years and is now Director, Journal Information Systems. His main responsibilities are to oversee and manage the infrastructure, budget, and personnel for all IT-related aspects of the APS Editorial Office including the systems associated with the peer-review process, the online journals, and the journal archive. In addition, he is directly involved in the Society’s strategic planning and helps develop APS’s publishing policies such as those concerning Open Access. Mark is currently the Chair of the CHORUS Technical Working Group. He also serves on NISO’s Standing Committee for JATS: Journal Article Tag Suite, ORCIDs Multiple Assertions Working Group, and CrossRefs Prospect Working Group. In the past, he has sat on the editorial board of ALPSP’s journal “”Learned Publishing””, served on a variety of CrossRef Technical Working Groups, the original NLM Advisory Panel on the NLM DTD, as well as a variety of early ORCID working groups. He came to APS after working for two years on the development of the arXiv.org e-print archive, then located at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He received a Ph.D. in high energy physics (string theory) from Princeton University in 1992 and held a postdoctoral position at The Rockefeller University until 1994.