White House website has a
Petition area where anyone can start a petition for any cause, and then try to get the 25,000
signatures required for it to be brought to the attention of White House officials... who then
subsequently officially ignore it. This particular one showed up on a science website, but I
figured I'd link directly to the source website rather than to a story about it. In part the
petition reads, "We believe in the power of the Internet to foster innovation, research, and
education. Requiring the published results of taxpayer-funded research to be posted on the Internet
in human and machine readable form would provide access to patients and caregivers, students
and their teachers, researchers, entrepreneurs, and other taxpayers who paid for the research..."
As of this writing the tally is 36,194 - which exceeds the triggering threshold. I'm sure we'll
be seeing action on it within days.