Open Science at NASA

NASA is making a long-term commitment to building an inclusive open science community over the next decade. Open-source science is a commitment to the open sharing of software, data, and knowledge (algorithms, papers, documents, ancillary information) as early as possible in the scientific process.

Open Principles

The principles of open-source science are to make publicly funded scientific research transparent, inclusive, accessible, and reproducible. Advances in technology, including collaborative tools and cloud computing, help enable open-source science, but technology alone is insufficient. Open-source science requires a culture shift to a more inclusive, transparent, and collaborative scientific process, which will increase the pace and quality of scientific progress.

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Why Do Open Science?

●  Broadens participation and fosters greater collaboration in scientific investigations by lowering the barriers to entry into scientific exploration
●  Generates greater impact and more citations to scientific results

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Open Culture

To help build a culture of open science, NASA is championing a new initiative: the Open-Source Science Initiative (OSSI). OSSI is a comprehensive program of activities to enable and support moving science towards openness, including policy adjustments, supporting open-source software, and enabling cyberinfrastructure. OSSI aims to implement NASA’s Strategy for Data Management and Computing for Groundbreaking Science 2019-2024, which was developed through community input.

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Transform to Open Science (TOPS)

Provides the visibility, advocacy, and community resources to support and enable the shift to open science.

Core Data and Computing

The Core Data and Computing Services Program (CDCSP) will provide a layered architecture on which SMD science can scale.

Data and Computing Architecture Study

The Data and Computing Architecture study will investigate the technology needed to support NASA's open science goals.

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning will play an important role in advancing NASA science.

Open-Source Science Awards

NASA supports open science through call for new innovative programs, supplements to existing awards, and sustainability of software.

Scientific Information Policy

The information produced as part of NASA’s scientific research activities represents a significant public investment. Learn more about how and when it should be shared.

Science Mission Directorate Science Data

The Science Data Repository pages provides a comprehensive list of NASA Science Data Repositories.

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