NASA has decided to make its extensive research portfolio soon available online. When it comes to space exploration, NASA funds almost anything you can think of. From analyzing fungus which grows on the International Space Station to the effects life aboard the International Space Station has on astronauts’ hair, you name it – NASA’s researching it.
Soon, these scientific journals and the accompanying studies will be available for free to anybody who wants to have a look at them, use them, or further the research.
More and more scientists from all areas of work have started to lobby for their work to be more easily accessible. Traditionally, only rich institutions who pay big money can gain access to scientific journals.
However, many experts have started to publish their work, allowing more people in the scientific community and the general public to examine their results. NASA is now joining this unprecedented movement which means it will publish all publicly funded research to a free database, named “PubSpace.”
NASA’s Deputy Administrator, Dava Newman stated that through giving free access to innovation, the global community is invited to join NASA on their space, air, and Earth exploration endeavor.
NASA’s move is part of a larger decision by the American government to make scientific work more accessible. Other agencies, such as the National Institutes of Health are also starting to upload their publicly funded work to free databases which can be found on the Internet.
Letting the public take a look at the research will maximize the impact. All the scientists and engineers rely on earlier work to progress. They build on foundations laid by others before them.
Although the public database by NASA will have some exceptions, the space agency has already uploaded many published papers to give science fans something worthwhile to study. The exceptions mentioned above have to do with national security.
The American Chemical Society also announced that it wants to make results from new studies in chemistry available to the public.
A while back, a Russian researcher created a database named Sci-Hub and released around 48 million articles previously locked.
On the one hand, some view these actions as digital piracy, while others applaud them as a step forward to making new progress.
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