Per a February 2013 memo, the deadline for agencies to submit their open access plans to the Office of Science and Technology Policy passed in late August. From the memo:
“The Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) hereby directs each Federal agency with over $100 million in annual conduct of research and development expenditures to develop a plan to support increased public access to the results of research funded by the Federal Government. This includes any results published in peer-reviewed scholarly publications that are based on research that directly arises from Federal funds, as defined in relevant OMB circulars (e.g., A-21 and A-11). It is preferred that agencies work together, where appropriate, to develop these plans.”
Several scientific societies and publishers have signed on to the American Association of Publishers attempt to respond to the OSTP effort. Called CHORUS, it appears to be a clearinghouse for free access grafted to existing journal infrastructure established and maintained by the publishers. As part of the policy memo encourages the development of public-private partnerships to leverage existing resources, it would appear that CHORUS is an effort to be one of those existing resources.
Trouble is, it’s still getting ready. A proof of concept was promised for August 30, with a pilot program at the end of September. And from the perspectives of agencies, it may be fundamentally incomplete.
As I noted in June, agency plans must address both published results of federally funded research and digital research data. CHORUS is still quite silent about that. Agencies may well prefer a system that addresses both publications and data, rather than one that might be cheaper that addresses only half the matter.