NASA will launch a web portal that will give public access to all research funded by the agency. The project intends to align with the organization’s commitment to offering science data to the general public.
The Deputy Administrator explains that the public access to scientific and technical publication is an invitation for the global community to explore together with the agency the wonders found in space, in the air, and on our planet.
PubSpace will archive all the journal articles resulted from research funded by NASA. The information will be offered online, without any fee, and all scientific reports will be published within a year from their initial publication.
While the agency has already been focused on offering public access to its research programs, the new approach will mostly benefit people who want to have all the information in just one place, making it a more systematical archive of data.
Another expected benefit of PubSpace would be the accelerated dissemination of scientific results, meaning that the public will be more aware of how the world works, and they will be more open to scientific discoveries and objective facts.
Later on, this would lead to the advancement of science and will ensure the prosperity of the nation.
The action comes as a response to a request from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy which three years ago demanded agencies that offer funding for scientific research to increase the public access to federally-funded projects.
The public access plan was designed by the team of scientists and engineers from all the agency’s departments. NASA will further on consult academic institutions, publishers, other federal agencies and the scientific community in order to perfect the public access plan and to increase the awareness and public dialogue when it comes to federally-funded scientific results.
The purpose of the open access scientific portal is to create a storage environment which would help people to discover and reuse the data resulted from the projects funded by NASA.
All NASA-funded authors will have to deposit copies of their publications and the associated data, with the exceptions of patents, materials with proprietary restrictions and national security regulations.
The information included in the portal will focus on the results of the research projects organized by NASA researchers that received grants and that signed cooperative agreements and contracts with the agency which later on offered them the financial support to follow through their scientific pursuits.
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