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Course & Subject Guides
OA at the Federal Level
Many early endeavors in gathering and disseminating medical, science, and education information (e.g., the MEDLINE, AGRICOLA, and ERIC databases) began in the United States. Increasingly government policy at the national and even state levels are setting the pace for Open Access.
OA at the State and Local Level
Individual states in the United States also have their own Open Access legislation and requirements. Here, we highlight relevant laws, resources, and policies from Pennsylvania and the City of Pittsburgh.
Information courtesy of SPARC (CC BY 3.0)
PA Open Records Office
Under the current Right to Know Law, all Pennsylvania state and local government agency records are presumed to be public. Pennsylvania's Open Records Office handles requests for these records and provides training.
Open Datasets from the state of Pennsylvania, started in 2016.
PA Department of Education OER Grants
In support of the CARES Act of 2020, the PA DoE created a grants program for Open Education to improve equity in learning in PA.
City of Pittsburgh Open Data Portal Legislation
In 2014, the City of Pittsburgh passed legislation establishing an Open Data Portal. You can read the law here.
City of Pittsburgh Open Data
This page provides history and information about Pittsburgh's Open Data projects, including outcomes and use cases.
Western PA Regional Data Center
The WPRDC provides open data for Pittsburgh and the Allegheny County region, following the 2014 passage of open data legislation in Pittsburgh.