Apart from the many activities NASA currently undertakes that align with the values of the Open Government Directive, several new initiatives are underway that promise to create new and exciting opportunities for the public to interact with the Agency. This section aims to introduce those initiatives to you, as well as describe how they hope to embody transparency, participation, and collaboration in their process from the start.
Discover. Participate. Engage.
NASA provides billions of gigabytes (exobytes) of data from its rich history of planetary, lunar, terrestrial, and Earth-orbiting missions. From rocket testing to the geologic maps of Mars, our data has been available to the public via a variety of sites. Now, all that data will be accessible from Data.gov, either through raw data feeds, tools, or geospatial catalogues. As Data.gov continues to take shape and evolve from its initial release, we will continue to look for ways to use it to align, extend, complement, and provide amplifier effects for our data products. The platform provides an opportunity to release information not previously publicly available, such as administrative and procedural information within NASA. The public can find raw datasets to perform their own analysis, experiments, and learning. Developers can create applications that bring new insights and understandings of our Earth the universe, and the space program.
From Transparency Breeds Accountability
Transparency and Accountability are two hallmarks of a 21st Century government. As we lean forward into becoming more transparent, we must follow current legislation and Administration policies. NASA maintains transparency on financial data including what is budgeted for our programs; what we achieve for the annual spending on these same programs; how much they are estimated to cost across their life cycle; and how the funds were spent in the various procurements and awards to recipients, that support these programs.
Stewardship for the Integrity and Preservation of Science Data as a Worldwide Resource
NASA has a strong track record of archiving and providing universal access to science data products from its science missions and programs. We will build on this tradition to enhance the quality, accessibility, and usability of NASA's science data holdings for scientists, educators, and the general public. We will continue to engage the community to evolve the science data environment with advanced capabilities and enhanced services through open solicitations and calls for participation. To the maximum practicable extent , we will collaborate with other Federal Agencies and the private sector to blend innovative efforts and emerging technologies toward a seamless national information infrastructure.
Reshaping the Future with Focused Visioning
The mission of the NASA Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) is to:
The information technology tools we use to conduct our business sets the behavior of how we collaborate internally and externally and determines the ease with which we can release information publicly. While the OCIO aligns to deliver these services today in a safe, efficient manner, we are setting our sites on tomorrow.
NASA Challenges Through Open Innovation
The NASA Open Innovation projects develop challenges that seek innovative solutions to research and technology problems that impact human health and performance in short and long duration human spaceflight. The challenges are offered through organizations (InnoCentive and Yet2.com) that offer challenges to a national and international community of potential solvers. A third pilot project was established with TopCoder and Harvard Business School to evaluate an open source code competition. These are pilot projects to determine the effectiveness of open innovation in solving NASA research and technology problems.