US Space Agency Opens Its Research Archive to Public for free

US Space Agency Opens Its Research Archive to Public for free

The US space agency NASA has again decided to open its research archive to the public for free, which means private space companies, students, aspirants, medical and climate change experts and general public will get access to a lot of NASA-funded research.

It isn’t the first time when the agency is releasing a part of their data, information to public domain. In May 2016, NASA also shared some of its databases into public domain that gained huge appreciation by the public.

In a statement, NASA deputy administrator Dava Newman said, “At NASA, we are celebrating this opportunity to extend access to our extensive portfolio of scientific and technical publications. Through open access and innovation, we invite the global community to join us in exploring the Earth, air and space”.

It has lately launched an online archive hosting its journal regarding the researchers being funded by it over the years. Known as PubSpace, the online portal has made the way for easier availability of research and information, mostly not allowed for public, including the ones possessing journal subscriptions. Besides, PubSpace is going to make the data assessable for NASA-funded research as the site has been launched.

In a statement, an official from the agency said that staring with the research funded this year, all NASA-funded authors and co-authors, including civil servant and non-civil servant, will have to submit copies of their peer-reviewed scientific publications and linked information into NASA's publication repository known as NASA PubSpace.

The National Institute of Health will manage NASA PubSpace under its own PubMed Central database. The agency’s move to disclose some of its databases still belongs to the Open Science initiative, a request made by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

According to NASA chief scientist Ellen Stofan, an easier access to their data will only greatly magnify their research’s impact.


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