May 19, 2022

Research Articles and Data: U.S. Department of Defense Joins CHORUS

New today from CHORUS.

2016-02-03_15-45-18CHORUS (Clearinghouse for the Open Research of the United States) is announcing an agreement with the US Department of Defense (DoD) through its Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC) as part of the agency’s continued commitment to expand public access to the results of its funded research.

The new agreement will support the Department of Defense Public Access Plan, which is being implemented by DTIC.

DTIC will employ CHORUS’ services to build on open standards, distributed networks and established infrastructure to advance access to scholarly articles reporting on DoD-funded research, as well as enable agency indexing and long-term preservation of those articles.

The DoD system will dovetail with the interoperable CHORUS framework, along with Crossref’s Open Funder Registry, to provide an article submission workflow for DoD-funded researchers and facilitate public access to all articles that report on DoD-funded research.

The agreement enables readers searching DTIC’s Public Access Search to follow links that point to publicly available articles/accepted manuscripts in context of the journal where they were published.

“CHORUS is honored to be working with the DTIC to implement public access for content reporting on research funded by the Department of Defense,” said Howard Ratner, Executive Director of CHORUS. “This is a landmark event for CHORUS as DoD is one of the biggest funders of research. We are now working with six US federal funders — including three of the four largest agencies: DoD, NSF, and DOE.”

CHORUS also has agreements in place with the United States Geological Survey, Smithsonian, and NIST and expects to announce agreements with more agencies soon.

CHORUS’ open API (application programming interface) enables funders and others to develop their own search functionality tapping into its data identifying articles associated with funding agencies and invites innovators to develop new tools and functionality that further support discovery and public access.

For questions about the DoD Public Access Plan, please see the Plan and Memo.

See Also: Direct to CHORUS Search Service (Beta)

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