OA mandate from the US National Center for Atmospheric Research

From: Peter Suber <peters_at_EARLHAM.EDU>
Date: Sat, 17 Oct 2009 11:33:44 -0400

[Forwarding from the US National Center for Atmospheric Research. --Peter

New Open Access Policy for NCAR Research

Boulder, Colorado - The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) has
passed an Open Access policy that
requires that all peer-reviewed research published by its scientists and
staff in scientific journals be made publicly available online through its
institutional repository. The new policy has been put in place by the
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), the governing body
that manages NCAR. A national lab, NCAR is sponsored by the National
Science Foundation. It has conducted research into the atmospheric sciences
since 1960.

UCAR last month formalized the new policy and is developing an
institutional repository known as OpenSky, which will include all published
studies by NCAR and UCAR researchers in scientific journals. The repository
will be free and available to the public, but access to the works it
contains will depend upon the policies of their publishers. In support of
copyright law and the health of the publishers that support NCAR and UCAR
science, all publishing agreements will be honored. OpenSky will be managed
by the NCAR Library and is expected to go live in 2010.

"This updated policy will support broader access to the cutting-edge
research conducted at NCAR, covering climate, weather, air quality, and
other areas vital to society and the environment," says Mary Marlino, the
Director of the NCAR Library. "It is especially timely because it comes at
a critical time for atmospheric science research. I can think of no better
way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of NCAR than to formalize our
longstanding commitment to open science, open access, and open
data." Marlino adds, "The policy that we have developed respects the
policies that publishers self-set, and it is our intention to continue to
honor publisher policy, while at the same time, to monitor developments in
this fast evolving arena."

UCAR is a nonprofit corporation formed in 1959 by research institutions
with doctoral programs in the atmospheric and related sciences. UCAR was
formed to enhance the computing and observational capabilities of the
universities and to focus on scientific problems that are beyond the scale
of a single university. NCAR supports the UCAR mission by providing the
university science and teaching community with the tools, facilities, and
support required to perform innovative research.

For more information, visit http://opensky.library.ucar.edu/policy, or
contact Jamaica Jones, jamaica_at_ucar.edu.

The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research manages the National
Center for Atmospheric Research under sponsorship by the National Science
Foundation. Any opinions, findings and conclusions, or recommendations
expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not
necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
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