Sunday, January 8, 2012

NASA Promotes Open Source With New Website

InformationWeek (01/04/12) Elizabeth Montalbano

The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA's) open government Web site will feature a new site and public forum for sharing information and tools for its open source activities.  The agency will use to engage internal and external groups on open development and possible contributions to projects.  In the first phase of, the site will serve as a home for open source, and will offer points of contact and a directory of current projects.  NASA will provide a discussion forum for its open source concepts, policies, and projects during the second phase to build a community atmosphere.  In the third phase, the agency will provide tools and mechanisms to help ensure the success of projects, and also will create and host a tool, service, and process chain to help facilitate internal and external open source projects.  "Ultimately, our goal is to create a highly visible community hub that will imbue open concepts into the formulation stages of new hardware and software projects, and help existing projects transition to open modes of development and operation," says NASA's William Eshagh.  "We believe that tomorrow's space and science systems will be built in the open, and that will play a big part in getting us there."

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