2023 The Year of Open Science

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) declared 2023 as the Year of Open Science.  NASA, along with 10 other Research and Development federal agencies and 88 Academic institutions under the HELIOS umbrella, celebrate this opportunity to advance the adoption of open, equitable, and secure science through open science policies and practices. While the open sharing of data, tools, and resources has been NASA policy for many years, the “Year of Open Science” initiative provides a launchpad for open science values and ethics to reach a wider community of data users and broaden the use of these data. NASA is excited to be a part of this multi-agency initiative across the federal government, sparking change with engagement in open science practices while making the search for knowledge about our universe more equitable and inclusive. Open Science practices can more rapidly produce better science within diverse communities. NASA works on big questions, and there are complex problems to solve – together with the Open Science community, NASA’s mission incorporates more people, data, and tools than ever before.

The Transform to Open Science (TOPS) mission is a NASA initiative designed to rapidly transform agencies, organizations, and communities to an inclusive culture of open science. TOPS is part of NASA’s Open-Source Science Initiative. NASA’s TOPS mission will allow us to create a scientific culture that is ready for 21st century challenges.

Open Science creates more advanced and inclusive research faster, builds a more just and equitable world, and ensures that minds from all walks of life can participate in science. TOPS is NASA’s ambitious plan to accelerate open science practices. It’s a 5 year journey that will:

  • Accelerate major scientific discoveries
  • Broaden participation by historically excluded communities
  • Increase understanding and adoption of open science principles and techniques

For further information please visit: https://science.nasa.gov/open-science-overview