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Open Science Initiatives in the International Planetary Data Alliance

Presentation #109.04 in the session Open Science and Data Tools (Oral Presentation)

Published onOct 23, 2023
Open Science Initiatives in the International Planetary Data Alliance

The International Planetary Data Alliance (IPDA)[1] was founded 16 years ago as a closely cooperating partnership among national planetary archives across the globe. The IPDA members have a common goal to maintain and improve the quality and interoperability of planetary data archives through common standards and formats. The IPDA promotes international use and reuse of high-quality scientific data across its member archives. IPDA member archives are actively involved in promoting open science initiatives [2-3] within their home regions. The member archives support open access to high-quality research data, which is an essential element of open science. By lowering the barriers to high-quality research data sets, open data serves to encourage more diverse participation in scientific endeavors. This in turn leads to more use, more reuse, more approaches to analysis, more discoveries, and ultimately, more return on investment in national science programs and the data in our archives.

By promoting policies for making data findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable - FAIR[4], in fact - within its own member archives, the IPDA is promoting actions that will broaden access, use, and reuse of scientific data on a global scale. We will summarize past IPDA activities that supported open science goals, describing current and future endeavors that will further open science initiatives.

[1] https://planetarydata.org/

[2] https://science.nasa.gov/open-science/transform-to-open-science

[3] https://www.esa.int/About_Us/Digital_Agenda/Open_Science

[4] Wilkinson M. D. et al. 2016, NatSD, 3, 160018. doi:10.1038/sdata.2016.18

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