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Plan to increase public access to the results of Federally-funded scientific research results.
  • Published Date:
    2015-12-16
  • Language:
    English
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    This plan is issued in response to the February 22, 2013 Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies entitled “Increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Scientific Research.” Through this memorandum, OSTP directed all Executive Departments with greater than $100 million in yearly research and development expenditures to prepare a plan for improving the public’s access to the results of federally funded research.

    Information is the fundamental currency of transportation research, and drives the advances in safety, state of good repair, economic competitiveness, livable communities and environmental sustainability that such research enables. Information must be accessible and shared, and research collaboration encouraged, to successfully address our constantly evolving transportation system challenges. This plan sets out a framework for enhancing the tracking of the complete research lifecycle at the project level, from project initiation to the submission of project deliverables, and on to research implementation through the deployment of research outputs and products. Having Department of Transportation (DOT) Operating Administrations and the public work together within this framework enables synergies and innovations no single Operating Administration or research program can achieve alone.

    This plan establishes objectives to ensure public access to Publications and Digital Data Sets arising from DOT-managed research and development (R&D) programs. DOT already provides access to intramural and extramural research in progress and technical reports, as well as many final publications through partnerships with organizations such as the Transportation Research Board (TRB). Many DOT R&D programs are already making data sharing a priority. DOT’s intramural research programs have a long history of making data available to the Public. On an incremental basis, DOT’s extramural research programs are taking steps to increase data sharing. The purpose of this plan is to scale and institutionalize those intramural and extramural R&D access practices across the Department.

    This plan promotes the following objectives:

     Affirm and enhance DOT’s commitment to Public Access to Scientific Research results, including digitally formatted scientific data without charge to the maximum extent possible.

     Support governance of and best practices for managing Public Access to peer-reviewed Publications and Digital Data Sets across DOT.

     Ensure continuous access to and reliable preservation of DOT-funded Publications and Digital Data Sets for research, development and education purposes, within available resources.

     Preserve and increase the use of Scientific Research results to enhance scientific discovery and deployment of research results.

     Enhance the use of Scientific Research results to promote innovation and economic competitiveness.

     Affirm DOT’s support for the reproducibility of Scientific Research results.

     Make DOT’s research portfolio available to the public at the project level.

    Implementation and guidance website is at: http://ntl.bts.gov/publicaccess/index.html

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