May 16

Past Event

Knowledge and Innovation: Understanding Public Access to Research

Event Materials


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Each year, the U.S. government funds research grants to produce papers and reports for journals that remain largely inaccessible to most Americans due to subscription fees. Recent proposals have called for research funded with public money to be made publicly available. The Federal Research Public Access Act aims to change the current system, and make much government-funded research freely available within six months of publication. While few can argue against transparency, discussions about the complex ecosystem of scholarly research can lead to a broader examination of the modern knowledge economy, and its basis on principles of both profit and sharing.

On May 16, the Center for Technology Innovation at Brookings hosted Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Pa.), sponsor of the Federal Research Public Access Act, to discuss the government's role in research publication. Following the Congressman's keynote, a panel of experts explored the broader contexts of open access, the complexities of government mandate, and the role of research publication in innovation. Congressman Doyle and the panel took questions from the audience after each presentation.

Event Agenda

  • Introduction and Moderator

  • Keynote Speaker

    • Mike Doyle

      The Honorable Mike Doyle (D-Pa.)

      U.S. House of Representatives

  • Panelists

    • Allan Adler

      Vice President for Legal and Government Affairs

      Association of American Publishers

    • Elliot Maxwell

      Fellow, Communications Program, Johns Hopkins University

      Distinguished Research Fellow, eBusiness Research Center, Pennsylvania State University

    • Corey D. Williams

      Senior Lobbyist and Associate Director, Office of Government Relations

      American Library Association


May 16, 2012

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EDT

Brookings Institution

Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.


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