White House celebrates Open Science Champions of Change

June 29, 2013

On Thursday June 20, The White House celebrated the importance of Open Science
by recognizing the contributions of pioneers who understood that True Science must be Open.

The awardees

At the ceremony, John P. Holdren, Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, stated

“The proposition behind open science is a simple one:
more value is derived from scientific results
when more people can access and use them.”

Consistently with this basic principle, a February 2013 policy memorandum issued by OSTP Director Holdren directs Federal agencies to develop plans to:

 Make the published results of federally funded research freely available

and a May 2013 Executive Order signed by the President

 makes “open and machine readable” the default status for Government data.

US Chief Technology Officer Todd Park invited everyone to be part of an open data revolution, saying,

“We have taken the first steps towards open
as the default for scientific research results
and with your help and leadership we will keep plowing ahead….”


At Kitware we thank the many community members who help us be part of the Open Science Revolution, with their contributions to


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