Public Access to NIST Research

This page provides access to publicly available NIST information, including datasets and publications. NIST is committed to the idea that data is a valuable national resource and a strategic asset.  We will strive to make appropriate data available, discoverable, and usable, in open, machine-readable formats that can be retrieved, downloaded, indexed, and searched.  NIST data has the potential to further economic growth and industrial competitiveness by providing the private sector with data that they can use (1) to develop products for data management, analysis, visualization, and dissemination and 2) to develop products that use open data or add value (e.g., repackaging, embedding into products such as scientific instrumentation).   Public/private partnerships are also important for developing data standards, which can also expedite trade and stimulate economic growth.

View the NIST Plan for Providing Public Access to the Results of Federally Funded Research.

View the comments that were received in response to the Federal Register Notice announcing the availability of our plan for public comment, Docket Number 150414364-5364-01:


Comment Number Submitter
1. American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
2. Association of American Publishers (AAP) and International Association of Scientific, Technical, and Medical Publishers (STM)
3. Clearinghouse for the Open Research of the United States (CHORUS)
4. Inside Public Access
5. Jean Public
6. John Wiley & Sons
7. RELX Group

Comments will inform NIST as we revise the directives that implement the plan:

Policy: "Managing Public Access to Results of Federally Funded Research," NIST P 5700.00
Order: "Managing Public Access to Results of Federally Funded Research," NIST O 5701.00

NIST Submissions to the Department of Commerce's Open Government Plan


Created September 27, 2013, Updated December 20, 2017