The policy recognizes the complexity of data rights issues, involving intellectual rights, public (taxpayer) access rights, need for prerelease validation, etc. The policy recognizes the diversity of approaches to data release now taken by various projects and various disciplines.
Given these factors, the policy does not attempt to specify a single approach to data release to be followed by all NASA spaceflight projects. Rather it envisions that for each new mission a data release plan will be fixed early, consistent with general NASA policy for quick release and consistent with the nature of the mission and its data stream. Then that project-specific plan will be included in the NASA Announcement of Opportunity calling for investigators to compete for project participation opportunity.