NASA Makes All of Their Scientific Research Available for Free

Thursday, 18 August 2016 - 11:38AM
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Astrophysics
Thursday, 18 August 2016 - 11:38AM
NASA Makes All of Their Scientific Research Available for Free
While the internet can be something of a mixed bag, one of the most positive developments of the internet age is the accessibility of information. Now, we're essentially getting a Google specifically for NASA research, as the space agency has just launched a public access portal with all of their research, as well as all of the research the agency funds.

NASA requires that all of the peer-reviewed research that receives funding from the agency make their papers publicly accessible via portal. The portal, called PubSpace, is an archive of scientific articles that are available in full online, for free and available for download. It was created in response to a 2013 request from the White House itself, asking agencies to make federally funded research more accessible.

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"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 statement. "Through open access and innovation we invite the global community to join us in exploring Earth, air and space."
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Now, we have all of NASA's fascinating (and important) research at our fingertips. When using the "NASA funded" filter in PubSpace, among the first search results is a study on countering microgravity effects in space with exercise, research on tsunami events changing Martian terrain, and something called "Zero-temperature quantum annealing bottlenecks in the spin-glass phase".
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"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."
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