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CED’s Digital Connections Council Project Director, Elliot Maxwell testifies before Congress

Elliot Maxwell, Project Director of CED’s Digital Connections Council (DCC), testified before a subcommittee of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Thursday, July 29, 2010. The House Information Policy, Census, and National Archives Subcommittee held a hearing on “Public Access to Federally-Funded Research”, to review the state of public access to federally funded research in science, technology and medicine. Dr. Maxwell discussed the copyrighting and intellectual property concerns raised by open access to federally-funded research, as well as the benefits that greater access would have on education, research and the public at large.

CED’s Digital Connections Council, under the leadership of former IBM Senior Vice President for Research Paul Horn, has examined in thoughtful detail the idea of openness in technology, science, and innovation.  Most recently, DCC reports have focused on openness in higher education and in health care. In 2009, CED released Harnessing Openness to Improve Research, Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, to explore and better understand the potential impact of greater openness on colleges and universities. Harnessing Openness to Transform American Health Care was released in 2008 and recommended several actions to improve all parts of the healthcare chain from research through delivery of treatment and care.

Mr. Maxwell’s testimony highlighted the DCC’s evaluation of the experience of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in publishing NIH-funded research.  He also discussed a DCC recommendation to extend public access to research funded by other federal agencies.

The House Information Policy, Census, and National Archives Subcommittee streamed the hearing live.