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NASA TOPS: Unleashing the Power of Open Science for the Planetary Science Community

Presentation #117.03 in the session Open Science and Data Tools (Poster + Lightning Talk)

Published onOct 23, 2023
NASA TOPS: Unleashing the Power of Open Science for the Planetary Science Community

Open science is here, and it’s a game changer for the scientific community. The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) — with the growing support of now 16 federal agencies including NASA, and over 85 universities and organizations — declared 2023 to be a Year of Open Science. OSTP defines open science as the principle and practice of making research products and processes available to all, while respecting diverse cultures, maintaining security and privacy, and fostering collaborations, reproducibility, and equity. In response to the White House initiative, NASA launched the Transform to OPen Science (TOPS) project, a five-year initiative, spearheaded by NASA HQ and supported by multiple NASA centers including NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The TOPS team is focused on accelerating the adoption of open science principles by training and equipping more scientists and researchers to adopt open science practices. Open science provides more equitable and inclusive access not only across the community but to the public as well. It encourages broadening participation from underrepresented communities and accelerating the pace of scientific discoveries. Open science is about the open sharing of data, tools and software, and results of government funded research with the community and the public. This presentation will outline how TOPS plans to engage with the planetary science community moving forward, including initiatives to provide training on open science principles and to support policies like SPD-41a, which seek to accelerate the cultural shift towards a more transparent, collaborative, and inclusive scientific process.

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