Ted Agres reports in today's issue of TheScientist …. Ted Agres reports in today's issue of TheScientist that the U.S. Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) has launched a top-to-bottom assessment of the way the U.S. funds science. It is soliciting comments from the public, due by September 22. The goal is to improve the “efficiency, effectiveness and accountability” of U.S. science funding. (PS: All three of these criteria invite comments that advocate open access. OA supports efficency because it costs less, effectiveness because it makes research results more widely accessible and useful, and accountability because it directs funds only to essential expenses whose amount is comparatively easy to demonstrate and justify. Please consider sending comments to the OSTP.) [Open Access News]
this is the type of situation where one might be able to push for equitable distribution of science funding. this is the sort of political decision that will either perpetuate the status quo, or allow some minor transformations that might account for information technology. i think we could also ask them to consider the relationship between information technology and the future of science, which seems to be a priority to me.