Source: Article by Robbie Schingler, Special Liaison for Open Government
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, NASA has embraced Open Government. These and other activities are detailed in NASA's Open Government Plan, available to the public at www.nasa.gov/open/plan.
The White House issued the Open Government Directive calling on Executive Branch agencies to become more open, accountable, and centered on the principles of transparency, collaboration, and participation (www.whitehouse.gov/open). April 7 was the deadline for Federal Agencies to release their plans.
NASA is expanding transparency, participation, and collaboration and creating a new level of openness and accountability. NASA is focusing on embedding open government into three specific aspects of operations—policy, technology, and culture.
Three "Flagship" initiatives at NASA will take Open Government to a new level:
Unique to NASA:
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 NASA operations for 50 plus years.
NASA invites the public to comment on the plan and have input into the implementation of Open Government initiatives.