U. of Wisconsin Seeks Stronger Data Protections After Patent-Law Change

As Open Access Advances, U. of Wisconsin Seeks Protection for Unpublished Data 1

Narayan Mahon for The Chronicle

William Barker, who runs corporate partnerships for the U. of Wisconsin, worries that faculty members elsewhere will poach Madison's ideas.

These are heady days for the disciples of open access. The Obama administration has set a one-year limit on journals' charging readers for articles derived from federally sponsored research. Some states are weighing similar steps. And a majority of peer-­reviewed articles, according to a new tally, are now in open formats.

But in other realms of public access to publicly financed research, the situation remains murky, and may be getting even more opaque.

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