committee also believes that the pressures to commercialize and privatize currently open data sources would increase inevitably under a regime such as the E.U. Directive or the one proposed by H.R. 354, and that fully maintaining the customary or traditional approaches to data exchange would prove to be difficult. In the event that the universe of public domain S&T data is found to be shrinking unacceptably, additional defensive measures may have to be taken to reinvigorate a robust public-interest sector for such data.

Therefore, as its last recommendation, the committee urges that the not-for-profit S&T community continue to promote and adhere to the policy of full and open exchange of data at both the national and international levels.

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