There’s a petition at Whitehouse.gov to require open access for the results of publicly funded research. There’s more about it at the site itself and at Confessions of a Science Librarian (which is where I first read about it).
The procedure from Confessions:
To sign the petition:
- Have to be 13 years or older
- Have to create an account on whitehouse.gov, https://wwws.whitehouse.gov/petitions
- This first requires giving a name and an email address and then clicking the validation link sent to that address
- Click to sign the petition
I signed it. It takes about two minutes, most of which was waiting for the email confirmation of my new account. Probably the most worthwhile two minutes I’ve spent all day.