It’s now easier than ever to dive into NASA research
If you want some light lunchtime reading and you’ve already exhausted everything on Alphr, perhaps you could delve into some NASA funded space research? Previously, that could have been tricky, but the space agency has announced a public web portal for you to delve in and absorb all their findings.
It’s called PubSpace, and it’s a searchable archive of science journal articles funded by NASA. Data can be downloaded within a year of the research’s original publication and it’s free to access. The hope is that by making their work more accessible, the space agency will see its research having more impact. As 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.”
According to the FAQ on NASA’s site, only papers that resulted from a proposal submitted on or after January 2016 are required in the system (though there is plenty from before that date), so it should increase over time.
“At NASA, we are celebrating this opportunity to extend access to our extensive portfolio of scientific and technical publications,” explains NASA deputy administrator Dava Newman. “Through open access and innovation we invite the global community to join us in exploring Earth, air and space.”
You heard her – go get stuck in.