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FCW : April 30, 2014
Earlier this month, NASA released a comprehensive catalog of software code that runs some of the most sophisticated robotics and rockets on the planet. In keeping with the Obama adminis- tration s Open Government Initiative, agency of cials also want to make the free online catalog of more than 1,000 projects easily accessible. The catalog was initially released as a PDF document, but NASA prom- ised to provide a searchable database soon and plans to launch a repository for the actual code in the next year. Technologies featured in the catalog cover project management systems, design tools, data handling, image pro- cessing, and solutions for life-support functions, aeronautics, structural analysis, and robotic and autonomous systems. The code represents NASA s best solutions for a wide array of complex mission requirements, of cials said. "Some of the code is a few years old, but we have done a scrub to ensure that it is all current and use- ful," said Dan Lockney, NASA s Tech- nology Transfer Program executive. NASA shares source code catalog of innovations in a recent IBM Center for the Business of Government survey were initiated by middle managers or frontline staff 46% Trending "In the next iteration of this catalog, software will be added and updat- ed regularly, as soon as it becomes available." The goal is to have industry use the free resource to develop new com- mercial applications and variations. And although most of the code will be available to the public, some of it will be restricted to federal users. "The code has been evaluated for access restrictions and designated for a speci c type of release, ranging from codes that are open to all U.S. citizens to codes that are restricted to access by other federal agencies," Lockney said. "The government-only code could include some items that are restricted by their nature --- like guidance and navigation systems." The code has been evaluated through legal, security and technical viability assessments, he added. "Software is an increasingly impor- tant element of the agency s intellec- tual asset portfolio, making up about a third of our reported inventions every year," said Jim Adams, NASA s deputy chief technologist. "We are excited to be able to make that software widely available to the public." "NASA is committed to the prin- ciples of open government," he added. "By making NASA resources more accessible and usable by the public, we are encouraging innovation and entrepreneurship. Our technology transfer program is an important part of bringing the bene t of space explo- ration back to Earth for the bene t of all people." --- Mark Rockwell FCW CALENDAR FOSE IBM s Anne Altman, Amazon Web Services Teresa Carlson and DOD CIO Teri Takai are among the many speakers at this eight-track IT conference produced by 1105 Media, the parent company of FCW. Washington, D.C. http://fose.com Innovation Equal Employment Opportunity Commission CIO Kimberly Hancher and GSA Associate Commissioner for Strategic Innovations Lena Trudeau are among the speakers at the Government IT Executive Council s summit on inspiring innovation in uncertain times. Baltimore, Md. http://is.gd/fcw_gitec 5/13-15 5/4-6 Management of Change This year s edition of the ACT- IAC annual conference focuses on "rede ning the 21st century government brand," with workshop sessions on agile development, exible workspaces, open data and "failing fast." Cambridge, Md. http://is.gd/fcw_moc 5/18-20 April 30, 2014 FCW.COM 3 By making NASA resources more accessible and usable by the public, we are encouraging innovation and entrepreneurship. --- JIM ADAMS, NASA SOLARSYSTEM.NASA.GOV
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