Public access to NASA-funded research data now is just a click away, with the launch of a new agency public access portal. The creation of the NASA-Funded Research Results portal on NASA.gov reflects the agency’s ongoing commitment to providing broad public access to science data.
“At NASA, we are celebrating this opportunity to extend access to our extensive portfolio of scientific and technical publications,” said NASA Deputy Administrator Dava Newman. “Through open access and innovation we invite the global community to join us in exploring Earth, air and space.”
NASA now requires articles in peer-reviewed scholarly journals and papers in juried conference proceedings be publicly accessible via the agency’s PubSpace:
PubSpace is an archive of original science journal articles produced by NASA-funded research and available online without a fee. The data will be available for download, reading and analysis within one year of publication.
While the agency always has made access to its research a high priority, the focus now is to make NASA science data more easily accessible via “one-stop shopping.” This increased public access is intended to accelerate the dissemination of fundamental research results to advance scientific knowledge and help ensure the nation’s future prosperity.
The NASA-Funded Research Results portal is in response to a 2013 request from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, directing science-funding agencies to develop plans to increase access to the results of federally-funded research. NASA’s public access plan was developed in coordination with the science and technology research community across the agency. NASA will continue to consult with the scientific community, academic institutions, publishers and other federal agencies to implement this plan and increase access to research results.
“Making our research data easier to access will greatly magnify the impact of our research,” said NASA Chief Scientist Ellen Stofan. “As scientists and engineers, we work by building upon a foundation laid by others.”
For more information, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/open/researchaccess
NASA has developed the agency plan, and associated policy, outlining a framework for activities to increase public access to scientific publications and digital scientific data resulting from NASA-funded research. The plan, entitled “NASA Plan for Increasing Access to the Results of Scientific Research,” is consistent with the objectives set forth in the Office of Science and Technology Policy’s Feb. 22, 2013, memorandum, “Increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Research,” and with long-standing policies encouraging data sharing and communication of research results.
Promoting the full and open sharing of data is a longstanding core value of NASA, and we routinely process, archive, and distribute our mission data to stakeholders around the world. To strengthen NASA’s commitment to public access, we’ve created an agency policy that specifically addresses how NASA-funded investigators must manage their research data and peer-reviewed publications that arise from unclassified NASA-funded research, technology, and development programs.
Data Management: NASA-funded extramural and intramural researchers receiving grants, cooperative agreements, and contracts for research are required to follow NASA’s policy to develop data management plans as part of their NASA funding proposals that describe how they will provide for long-term preservation of, and access to, their unclassified scientific data in digital format in NASA-approved repositories.
Publication Management: NASA-funded authors and co-authors (both civil servant and non-civil servant) will be required to deposit copies of their peer-reviewed scientific publications and associated data into NASA’s publication repository called NASA PubSpace, that’s managed by the NIH’s Pubmed Central. This EXCLUDES patents, publications that contain material governed by personal privacy, export control, proprietary restrictions, or national security law or regulations.
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