Nerds and wannabe astronauts are pleased about; NASA hasdeclared they are making all their exploration and research publicly accessible on a new online portal. The new site is PubSpace and it will public any research or data that NASA has used within one year of publication. That also includes any peer-reviewed academic journals and papers, which are commonly barred by paywalls.Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida
NASA Deputy Administrator Dava Newman said in a press release, "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."
The initiative is in light of the government's request to make science activities more crystal clear and accessible. NASA believes this increased public contact accelerates the spread of education, promotes interest, and in the long run it will advance the scientific knowledge. The European Union just said they also hope to make all of their scientific research and exploration free and accessible by 2020.
Ellen Stofan NASA Chief Scientist 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."
You can get it all out here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/funder/nasa/