NASA to give free access to its research on the Internet; Here’s why it is important

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Published: August 23, 2016 1:46:28 PM

American space agency NASA has announced that their hundreds of research articles will be released online and can be accessed for free.

nasa, nasa research, nasa website, space technology, astronomy, space exploration, space agency, free research, space research, research accessSince its establishment in 1958, NASA has been gathering information on everything scientific but most of the research data had been kept hidden.(Reuters)

American space agency NASA has announced that their hundreds of research articles will be released online and can be accessed for free. Since its establishment in 1958, NASA has been gathering information on everything scientific but most of the research data had been kept hidden. The amount of information that will be released, will make people of science very happy. NASA PubSpace is the place where anyone can search for the treasure of knowledge. There has been a lot of development on the internet in the last few years, and it has become a lot more sophisticated. The demand for free access to information has grown and that has led to a lot of developments in every field.

Information is not just a privilege of a few. From scientists to aspiring astronauts have been trying to make a push to the space agency make its research available to the public for free. From Space studies to global climate change, information based on research, there is a huge amount of topics that are already available on the website. So it will be interesting to see what other huge amounts of data and peer-reviewed scholarly journals will NASA launch via PubSpace. Other than a few exceptions where articles concerning national security and patents will not be released, everything else will be available to the public for free by the space agency.

This move by NASA is because Obama government had requested the space agency and other scientific agencies to increase public access to the research funded by the government. NASA in its website has an ‘Open Government’ section where it has put across many initiatives that will make the space agency more available to the public.

But this initiative to put materials on PubSpace will be popular in the world of science. The factors which will contribute to that are free access and convenience to access multiple information. Generally, information like these is accessed by subscribing to certain websites and also they are haphazard.
In a press release, NASA Chief Scientist Ellen Stofan said, “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.”

“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,” said NASA Deputy Administrator Dava Newman in the press release.

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