The Open Universe Initiative

Paolo Giommi, Gabriella Arrigo, Ulisses Barres De Almeida, Massimo De Angelis, Jorge Del Rio Vera, Simonetta Di Ciaccio, Simonetta Di Pippo, Sveva Iacovoni, Andrew Pollock

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


The almost universal availability of electronic connectivity, web software, and portable devices is bringing about a major revolution: information of all kinds is rapidly becoming accessible to everyone, transforming social, economic and cultural life practically everywhere in the world. Internet technologies represent an unprecedented and extraordinary two-way channel of communication between producers and users of data. For this reason, the web is widely recognized as an asset capable of achieving the fundamental goal of transparency of information and of data products, in line with the growing demand for transparency of all goods that are produced with public money. This chapter describes the “Open Universe”, an initiative proposed to the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) with the objective of stimulating a dramatic increase in the availability and usability of space science data, extending the potential of scientific discovery to new participants in all parts of the world.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationStudies in Space Policy
Number of pages10
StatePublished - 2020

Publication series

NameStudies in Space Policy
ISSN (Print)1868-5307
ISSN (Electronic)1868-5315

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Development


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