Two new public access bills and a directive from the White House have rekindled public access discussions in 2013. Here’s what’s at stake: increased access to federally funded research and accompanying data, and opportunities for new research using computational analysis (e.g. text and data mining).  Already in effect, the White House directive requires certain federal agencies to implement public access policies for funded research. Pending legislation would strengthen public access requirements and extend coverage to additional agencies. Visit Copyright Corner to learn more about (1) these initiatives, (2) the copyright implications and impact on researchers and libraries, and (3) potential next steps.