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The Smithsonian has announced its Plan for Increased Public Access to Results of Federally Funded Research, based on the principles outlined by the Office of Science and Technology Policy memo. The plan will take effect October 1, 2015 and apply to articles submitted to publishers on or after that date. Through the plan, applicable publications and supporting data resulting from federally funded research will be available through Smithsonian Research Online (SRO) or CHORUS, a nonprofit membership organization that helps federal entities increase public access to research.

To view the press release, visit the Smithsonian Newsdesk.

Click to read Smithsonian's Public Access Plan.

The 2015 Appropriations Act provided resources for, and directed the Smithsonian to, provide a progress report on the stewardship of national collections.  On March 11, 2015, the Office of the Deputy Under Secretary for Collections and Interdisciplinary Support (DUSCIS) provided, for the Acting Secretary's signature, an eight-page summary to describe the ongoing efforts to integrate collections care, space, and digitization into a cohesive strategy to capitalize on economies of scale and enable comprehensive care improvements that benefit the greatest number of items in an efficient, practical, and cost-effective manner. 

Download the summary here.

In 2015, the Deputy Undersecretary for Collections and Interdisciplinary Support released a framework plan for collections space, identifying the greatest needs for collections space across the Smithsonian and recommending strategies that are realistic, flexible, and proactive—ones that will upgrade space today and meet projected needs in the coming years and decades.

Read the Collections Framework Plan.

On July 17, 2013, (former) Secretary Clough, Deputy Under Secretary for Collections and Interdisciplinary Support Scott Miller, and Inspector General Scott S. Dahl testified before the Smithsonian’s House oversight committee on the issue of collections stewardship. Chairman Candace Miller (R-MI) commended the Smithsonian on significant strides to improve internal processes and to ensure that the world-class collection remains available to the public for many generations to come.

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