A House bill aiming to make research and data open to the public

A House bill aiming to make research and data open to the public“. Anthony Watts says “Climategate demonstrated what can go wrong when a few misguided scientists take control of data and keep it from the public.” I say it demonstrated what can happen when a few denialist cranks run wild. In any case, he’s pasted a press release from the Alliance for Taxpayer Access about the Federal Research Public Access Act.

As it happens, in the climatology field publicly funded research in the US has been “open to the public” for years. Try the RealClimate web site’s Data Sources page for a decent listing. This is something that denialists have always whined about, even with their noses shoved in it.

The Federal Research Public Access Act’s real purpose is apparently to “stimulate scientific and technological innovation and competitiveness.”

One thought on “A House bill aiming to make research and data open to the public

  1. Speaking as someone who’s deeply involved in making the results of our work (and the codes that created it) widely available, Anthony and his choir are hugely ignorant.

    Not that the denier crowd has ever made actual use of what’s out there. You can lead them to the water, but they haven’t a clue as to how to drink, and, are damnably resistant to learning how.

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