In January 2012, COAR submitted a brief in response to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) public consultation on Public Access to Federally-Funded Research. The COAR position focused on demonstrating that there is an expanding global network of repositories available to support open access policies. The brief emphasized that Open Access is an international movement with strong momentum across the world, and outlined the importance of repository interoperability across institutions and borders.

Other topics addressed in the brief include:

  • Evidence about the economic benefits of providing open access to research outputs.
  • The costs and benefits of federally mandated Open Access policies.
  • Specific recommendations about the type and nature of Open Access policies to be implemented.

The full text of the letter is available here.