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White House Petition for Public Access to Research Hits Target of 25,000 Signatures

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We did it! In just two weeks, the White House petition for public access to federally funded research results garnered the necessary 25,000 signatures for the petition to be reviewed by the White House Chief of Staff. The next step is for the White to House to issue an official response. The "We the People" petition was posted on May 21, 2012, by Access2Research, a group of advocates for open access.

A broad range of open access supporters, including ARL and SPARC, spread the word about the petition using e-mail, blogs, Twitter, Facebook, and even YouTube. Tweets on the petition (many using hashtags #openaccess and #OAMonday) included endorsements from such thought-leaders as Jimmy Wales, Tim O’Reilly, and Lawrence Lessig.

Many organizations endorsed the petition. The Wikimedia Foundation endorsed the petition and included a feature article on the Wikipedia homepage. Patient-advocacy groups from Patients Like Me to the Avon Foundation promoted the petition to their members, as did a variety of publishers, university libraries, commercial companies, and advocacy organizations.

For more information, see the SPARC press release.