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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.

Open science Facts

Learn More About Open Science

NASA’s Transform to Open Science (TOPS) initiative helps people understand and implement open science practices in their own work. This initiative created Open Science 101, a free online training course to give researchers, academics, and the public a practical working knowledge of open science principles. 

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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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