“If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities.” – Maya Angelou
Over the past five years at NASA, I have been blessed to find myself surrounded by a family of dreamers, darers, and doers. The greatest joy I’ve found is being able to assist these champions of imagination in the successes of their mission. When the Open Government Directive was released back in 2009, a promise of transparency, participation, and collaboration in the federal government was made with the American people. While recent events in the news pull our attention to the first tenet, the real charges of the directive lay in the latter. NASA has been hard at work creating ways to engage and inspire each and every one of you while moving towards a “default open” state of business. Through the first two plans, we made great strides in sharing our passion with the world. This third installment continues this legacy to provide a banquet of opportunity for everyone to interact directly with our agency. The three new flagships each serve up hefty helpings of NASA experiences. The Climate Data Initiative incorporates resources from across the government to be digested through a single point of entry, climate.data.gov. The NASA Information Architecture and Management Initiative highlights the demand for bold new thinking when it comes to managing the ever expanding volumes of data. The Asteroid Grand Challenge is a daring endeavour which pulls from the lessons we’ve learned through implementation of Open activities over the past four years. Each of these flagship initiatives is an open invitation to share in the fantastic future of outer space, knowing that together we strive for a transformation in each of our realities. Lewis Carroll once stated, “If you do not know where you are going, any road will get you there.” If you’d like to know where we plan on going, then please take a look. We seek to change the world, and we gladly welcome your help.