Policy 5 - Clarification of Extensions of Exclusive Access Data to Public Affairs Activities

Data from all approved investigations normally will not be released for public affairs purposes during the selected observers' period of exclusive access without the prior concurrence of both the selected observers and of appropriate NASA project and program personnel, as dictated by applicable NASA public affairs policy. Exclusive access data from approved ESA member state investigations, and all investigations utilizing the NIRSpec or MIRI, shall be governed by applicable NASA-ESA agreements (MOU, JPIP, etc.) dealing with data rights and public affairs. Exclusive access data from investigations by Canadian institutions and all investigations utilizing the FGS/TFI shall be governed by applicable NASA-CSA agreements dealing with data rights and public affairs. However, it is extremely important that selected observers be cognizant of the great public information potential of their JWST data, and that they work closely with the STScI public information office to meet the public's right to information without compromising the scientific goals of the program.

Approved by:

Edward J. Weiler, Associate Administrator, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters.  1/5/2010

Paul Hertz, Chief Scientist, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters. 12/30/2009

Jon A. Morse, Director, Astrophysics Division, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters.   12/7/2009

Eric P. Smith, JWST Program Scientist, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters.  11/30/2009

In accordance with Contract NAS5-03127, Statement of Work, Section A.4, A.5, the following guidelines are policies promulgated by the NASA Associate Administrator (AA) for the Science Mission Directorate (SMD) with regard to the implementation of the JWST science mission. Any reference to JWST Program or Project refers to the NASA JWST Program or Project unless explicitly noted otherwise.


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