Scientific American: NASA’s Plan to Make JWST Data Immediately Available Will Hurt Astronomy

Scientific American: NASA’s Plan to Make JWST Data Immediately Available Will Hurt Astronomy. “NASA, as a federal agency that funds and conducts research, is onboard with the idea of freely accessible data. But it has a plan that goes much further than the White House’s and that is highly problematic. The agency currently gives a proprietary period to some scientists who use particular facilities, such as a 12-month period for the powerful James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), so that those scientists can gather and analyze data carefully without fear of their work being poached. NASA is looking to end this policy in its effort to make science more open-access. Losing this exclusivity would be really bad for astronomy and planetary science.”

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