Nasa just made the research it has funded publicly available for free

Nasa has announced the creation of a new portal where all the peer-reviewed research papers it has published will be available to the public for free. The Nasa researchers are required to put up any research they have published in peer-reviewed papers on the portal within a year. While Nasa has always made it a priority for making available its research, now there is a single point where all the Nasa funded research is available to the public.

Nasa Deputy Administrator Dava Newman says, “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 Earth, air and space.”

Nasa Chief Scientist Ellen Stofan says, “Making our research data easier to access will greatly magnify the impact of our research. As scientists and engineers, we work by building upon a foundation laid by others.”

The portal is called PubSpace. Users can browse through a list of all the papers, and there are almost a thousand research documents listed. The research ranges across a wide variety of subjects including material sciences, imaging technologies, medicine and biology. Material governed by privacy, export control, or national security regulations are not going to be available on the portal. Nasa patents are also exempted, and not available for free to the public. The portal is maintained by the US National Institute of Health (NIH).

The move by Nasa is a response to a 2013 request by the White House for making more of its research available to the public. The science and technology research community at Nasa came up with the public access plan. Going forward, the public access plan will be implemented by Nasa with inputs from federal agencies, researchers, universities and the scientific community.

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