With Government budget cuts, grounded shuttles and a nation who is no longer interested in any kind of “space race,” instead of turning tail and run, NASA went “open.”
Just this past week, NASA launched code.nasa.gov, the latest member of the open NASA web family.
That’s right, web family.
Through code.NASA, they will continue to unify, and expand NASA’s open source activities. The site will serve to bring existing projects to light, provide a forum to discuss projects and processes, and guide internal and external groups in open development, release, and contribution.
This also includes NASA’s Nebula Cloud Computing Platform.
Nebula is an open-source cloud computing platform that was developed to provide an easily quantifiable and improved alternative to building additional expensive data centers and to provide an easier way for NASA scientists and researchers to share large, complex data sets with external partners and the public.
NASA will focus on providing a home for the current state of open source at the Agency.
This includes guidance on how to engage the open source process, points of contact, and a directory of existing projects. By elucidating the process, we hope to lower the barriers to building open technology in partnership with the public.
Phase two will concentrate on providing a robust forum for ongoing discussion of open source concepts, policies, and projects at the Agency.
Use tools and mechanisms development projects generally need to be successful, such as distributed version control, issue tracking, continuous integration, documentation, communication, and planning/management. The also plan to create and host a tool, service, and process chain to further lower the burden to “going open.”
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.
NASA believes that tomorrow’s space and science systems will be built in the open, and their code.nasa.gov will play a vital role in the process.
Will your code someday escape our solar system or land on an alien planet?
You can learn more on the code.NASA website.
Should Church technology follow suite?
Is open source the answer?