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Evaluating our Progress
04.26.10
Status Category
  Meets Expectations Overall
  Meets Expectations Formulating
  Meets Expectations Transparency
  Meets Expectations Participation
  Meets Expectations Collaboration
  Meets Expectations Flagship

 

For more information see the Compliance Matrix and Analysis.


Evaluating our Progress
02.05.10
 
Status Category
  Meets Expectations High-Value Data
  Meets Expectations Data Integrity
  Meets Expectations Open Government Web Page
  Meets Expectations Public Consultation

 


High-Value Data - Meets Expectations

On January 22, 2010 the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) provided three new datasets and 18 other tools, widgets and catalogs on data.gov. Of the 18 new widgets and catalogs, three of which stand out as chosen descriptive tools indicative of NASA's products:

  • NASA World Wind is a web service and open source project with nightly builds which allows people to zoom from satellite altitude into any place on Earth, leveraging satellite imagery and mission data, and thus experience Earth terrain in visually rich 3D. NASA World Wind Java is also a plug in to allow third party users to customize their own information through the World Wind Java widget;
  • Global Change Master Directory is an integrated platform with continuously updated information about the planet's vital signs, including the rising global temperature, size of the ozone hole, the rising sea level, and the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere;
  • The Planetary Data System is an archive of data products from NASA planetary missions, and it has become a basic resource for scientists around the world.
The three new datasets provided to the "raw" data catalog are available in a machine readable format and updated as new data is received from NASA's spacecraft:

  • On Earth is the most current, near-global image of the earth available, updated each day in a KML format. Taken from the MODIS instrument on the Terra and Aqua spacecraft, this data will improve our understanding of global dynamics and processes occurring on the land, in the oceans, and in the lower atmosphere. MODIS is playing a vital role in the development of validated, global, interactive Earth system models able to predict global change accurately enough to assist policy makers in making sound decisions concerning the protection of our environment;
  • Tropical Surface Current Velocity is a dataset of estimates of the horizontal near-surface currents of the Tropical Pacific ocean. The near-surface velocity is directly derived from sea surface height, wind velocity and sea surface temperature. This data provides an unfiltered velocity field, on a 1deg X 1deg grid with a 5day resolution;
  • Land Surface Temperature at Night is a global map which shows the temperature of Earth's lands during the nighttime. Taken with the MODIS instrument on the Terra and Aqua satellites and aggregated into monthly datasets in a KML format, this temperature dataset is a measure of how warm or cold Earth's lands are at night. This dataset is useful for understanding where it is too hot or too cold for food crops to prosper, and general influences on weather or climate patters.
NASA has provided public insight into its operations for many years, from publishing its employee directory online to providing human capital information query-able in many ways. Since NASA's inception, we have publicly archived all of its data received from spacecraft projects, including over 4TB of new Earth Science data each day. There are tools and geodata catalogs available to allow scientists and the public to access NASA's raw data. When accessed through these Distributed Active Archive Centers (DAACs), tools and catalogs, the user gets more value out of the aggregated data than it would alone. NASA is committed to receiving public and employee ideas for additional high-value datasets, particularly datasets from the institutional and procedural realms of NASA activities and providing new datasets to the raw data catalog on data.gov giving greater insight into the inner workings of the U.S. space program.

Data Integrity - Meets Expectations

On January 22, 2010 the National Aeronautics and Space Administration designated Elizabeth (Beth) Robinson, Chief Financial Officer, to be accountable for the quality and objectivity of, and internal controls over, the Federal spending information publicly disseminated through such public venues as USAspending.gov or other similar websites. You can see the full list of Senior Accountable Officials at http://www.nasa.gov/open/.

Open Government Web Page - Meets Expectations

On February 6, 2010 the National Aeronautics and Space Administration launched its Open Government Webpage at http://www.nasa.gov/open. In line with the Directive, the NASA Open Government Webpage serves as a portal to our activities related to the Open Government Directive. On our Open Government Webpage, the public can access NASA's datasets, tools and geospatial data via data.gov, learn about the latest news as it relates to open government at NASA, find ways to connect and collaborate with NASA, understand the open government directive, and share ideas with NASA for how to be more transparent, participatory, and collaborative. Of course, NASA's annual FOIA report is there too, in an open format.

Public Consultation - Meets Expectations

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is seeking input on the creation of the NASA Open Government Plan, the information NASA should prioritize for publication, and on the quality of the information published at Data.gov. The mechanism to collecting and sorting this information gathered from NASA employees and the public will be at http://opennasa.ideascale.com. This brainstorming tool allows the public to suggest a new idea or to vote and comment on others’. A new e-mail address - opengov@nasa.gov - has been created to accept ideas for those more confortable with that approach, along with a mainling address and phone number. To ensure we capture and respond to all of these good ideas, NASA has created a team of moderators to encourage dialog and will blog on http://blogs.nasa.gov inviting further comment to flesh out the most promising ideas and thoughts.