NASA has announced they’re making all their research publicly available on a new web database – PubSpace.
PubSpace will put up any research or data that NASA has funded within one year of publication. That also includes any peer-reviewed scholarly journals and papers, which are often barred by paywalls.
“At NASA, we are celebrating this opportunity to extend access to our extensive portfolio of scientific and technical publications,” NASA Deputy Administrator Dava Newman said in a press release.
“Through open access and innovation we invite the global community to join us in exploring Earth, air and space.”
The pledge is in light of the government’s request to make science agencies more transparent and accessible. NASA hopes this increased public access accelerates the spread of information, fosters interest, and ultimately advances scientific knowledge.
“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.” said NASA Chief Scientist Ellen Stofan.
But not all NASA-funded research can be found in the archive. As the space agency indicates, patents and material governed by personal privacy, proprietary, or security laws are exempt from having to be included in PubSpace.
NASA’s move comes in response to a 2013 request from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, which directed major science-funding agencies to come up with ways of increasing access to the results of publicly funded research.