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Transforming to Open Science in the NASA Science Mission Directorate
  • Steven Crawford
Steven Crawford
NASA Headquarters

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For over 30 years, NASA Science Mission Directorate has been a world leader in making the data from its flagship missions available for anyone to use. This data represents a significant public investment and NASA has a mandate to maximize the accessibility of this information for the public good. Along with the data collected by the Missions, NASA has also supported the curation of data that enables ground breaking research in each of our different disciplines. These novel technologies for data access and curation from the different divisions have enabled groundbreaking science. As technology advances and data volumes grow, SMD is working towards even further enhancing the accessibility of the information that NASA produces. This includes new policies to assure that NASA data is FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable) in the future, leverage techniques and technologies developed by the different divisions for accessing information across the SMD, enabling new technologies like machine learning and cloud processing along with high performance computing, providing support for citation of data through digital object identifiers, creating the ability to search across SMD to enable cross divisional science, and making sure SMD data are accessible to everyone. With these developments, NASA SMD aims to help the community to Transform to Open Science and accelerate the process of scientific discovery. In the process, this will enable SMD science to be even more inclusive, reproducible, and transparent.