Researching information for my 10 Things assignment, I came across the mention of a really neat digital archive called PubMed central.  What is it?  Well, it just so happens to be an archive of the results of research conducted using grants from the National Institutes of Health. According to the website, “PubMed Central (PMC) is the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) free digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature.”  This archive is a direct result of the openness movement that aims to make information readily available to the public as well as the NIH Public Access policy.  This Public Access Policy, “…ensures that the public has access to the published results of NIH funded research. It requires scientists to submit final peer-reviewed journal manuscripts that arise from NIH funds to the digital archive PubMed Central upon acceptance for publication. To help advance science and improve human health, the Policy requires that these papers are accessible to the public on PubMed Central no later than 12 months after publication.” This is great for researchers and the public at large because now we can see what advances have been made thanks to public funds from the NIH.  A list of the journals indexed. Overall this archive is not only a great way to keep informed about scientific advances, it is also a model for other public institutions to follow to make the knowledge they create available to the world at large. It’s about time for a little transparency in government, and I think the NIH is leading the way.

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