Comprehensive Data Management Planning & Services

NASA's Releases Public Access Plan For Increasing Access to the Results of Scientific Research

In January of 2013, the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) released the memorandum, “Increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Scientific Research,” which directed all agencies with greater than $100 million in annual research and development expenditures to prepare a plan for improving the public’s access to the results of federally funded research. Highlights of the plan “to ensure public access to publications and digital data sets arising from National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) research, development, and technology (RD&T) programs” are below.

Highlights include:

  • the requirement for a data management plan with all proposals, that outlines how researchers plan to share and preserve data generated during the course of research, or a statement explaining "why their research can not or need not be made available to the public,”
  • the requirement that the DMP describe how data associated with a NASA-funded research publication will be made "digitally accessible at the time of publication or within a reasonable time period after publication,"
  • the development of a data set catalog enabling location and citation of data sets, and linking of those data sets to the literature,
  • and a plan to work with NIH's PubMed Central platform for deposit of articles resulting from NASA-funded research.

Full implementation of the public access plan is expected for October of 2015. The full text of the NASA plan is available at, and a summary prepared by Heather Joseph of the Association of Research Library’s Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (ARL SPARC) is available at: