The team stateoftrey and I work on helped develop graphics and messaging for the updated NASA Open Government Plan. The Open Government Plan was created by the agency to meet a 2009 directive by the White House. The White House explains the announcement of the Open Government directive like this:
On December 8, 2009, the White House issued an unprecedented Open Government Directive requiring federal agencies to take immediate, specific steps to achieve key milestones in transparency, participation, and collaboration.
Simply, what this means is that the U.S. is making a move toward allowing citizens access to previously unavailable datasets. The Open Government Initiative throughout the U.S. Federal Government signifies a departure from business as usual. Data is being opened to the public with the expectation that serendipitous applications of the data will appear through collaborative use. I’ve been fortunate enough to work with the team at NASA working on making much of this info available to everyone. The image above is a visual summary of the plan that lays out a strategy for NASA to meet their Open Government goals. The idea that, “NASA data needs to be default open” is critical to their success and a motto other U.S. agencies have much to benefit from. NASA and its Open Government team have been steadfast in their commitment to lead through example, they have provided datasets and public APIs to interact with NASA programs. The NASA Open Government team had this to say about their progress:
Two years ago this April, NASA released version 1.0 of its Open Government Plan. The Plan set forth a bold and aggressive vision for NASA. The Plan included 3 flagship initiatives and 147 goals across twenty-organizations. For the past two years, NASA has been hard at work implementing the Plan. We’ve captured the highlights in an updated infographic and are very proud of all that the Agency has accomplished in such a short amount of time.
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