Posted on September 5th, 2014 in Anita Bandrowski, General information, News & Events | 2 Comments »
The White House OSTP is requesting comments on a number of issues, one of which is how the federal government can improve reproducibility in the science it funds: https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2014/07/29/2014-17761/strategy-for-american-innovation
The overwhelmingly important thing is that the White House receive LOTS of individual comments. A ton of comments is how something like this gets attention, and turns into a White House initiative that has some teeth. That is exactly how the White House came to require that federally-funded research be made publicly accessible — they got 300+ comments, and on a technical issue, that’s a lot.
As a way of furthering issues like open data, open code, pre-registration, etc., do think about sending something to the White House, and telling all of your likeminded colleagues to do so as well. Doesn’t matter if it’s only a one-paragraph email — that still counts.
How to do so: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Include [Strategy for American Innovation] in the subject line of the message.