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NASA Open Government Plan

Whether NASA is using social networks to allow students to interact directly with astronauts, or creating a Cloud Computing Platform to give unprecedented access to scientific data, we have embraced Open Government. But there is still more to do: NASA is expanding transparency, participation, and collaboration and creating a new level of openness and accountability. We are focusing on embedding open government into three integrated aspects of our operations—policy, technology, and culture.

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About Open Government

    NASA’s founding legislation in 1958 instructed NASA to “…provide for the widest practicable and appropriate dissemination of information…” The principles of Open Government have been embedded in our operations for 50 plus years. We recognize that open government is a process rather than a product, and have taken a continuous-learning approach. Please browse and read Version 1.0 of the NASA Open Government Plan. We invite you to contribute your ideas, solutions, and comments on every element of our plan.

    Highlights of NASA's Open Government Activities
    • Flagship Initiatives: Three "Flagship" initiatives at NASA’s will take Open Government to a new level:
      • Policy: NASA is working to make open source software development more collaborative at NASA to benefit both the Agency and the public.
      • Technology: NASA Nebula, as the government's first open-source cloud computing platform, offers an easier way for NASA scientists and researchers to share large, complex data sets with external partners and the public.
      • Culture: The creation of a new NASA Participatory Exploration Office will infuse more public participation into NASA’s mission.
    • Unique to NASA
      • By engaging the public in February and March of this year, NASA received 420 ideas from 280 different authors through the online Citizen Engagement Tool (more than any other Agency).
      • NASA has given the public live access to its missions through NASA TV.
      • Education outreach includes programs where students interact with astronauts and take controls of space instruments remotely.
      • NASA’s prize program, Centennial Challenges, has engaged inventors from all over the country to successfully build prototypes of technology for space.

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Open Source Summit

    OSS Proceedings The official proceedings from the Open Source Summit held in March are now available! The document contains details on the hundreds of ideas brainstormed at the event by over 700 participants. Click Here to view.

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