Sean Herron

Technology Strategist @ NASA Headquarters

Sean Herron is a digital native who embraces the use of technology to create and enable collaborative projects. As a member of NASA's Open Government team, Herron works to facilitate open source and open data projects throughout the agency and promotes the use of technology solutions to common problems. Herron has previously worked in the Space Operations office at NASA Headquarters, where he contributed to public outreach projects involving the Space Shuttle and International Space Station. He is an avid web developer and advocate for engaging the public in NASA's mission of exploration and discovery. He holds a degree in Public Policy from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.

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Latest Posts by Herron


| Today marks my last day of working at the place that was a distant dream just a few years ago.

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Introducing Gov Webicons

| I’m currently working on creating a website that needs NASA’s logo (the “meatball” — don’t ask) in the upper corner. With the upcoming swarm of resolution independence due to high DPI screens and a multitude of screen resolutions, just including a standard JPG or PNG image just doesn’t cut it anymore. SVG icons allow you […]

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Explore #SpaceApps

| There are a number of interesting things you can do on the International Space Apps Challenge website to follow along.  Here are four things you should know – #1. You can view the live stream from locations around the world! Just click on the icon on the upper right corner of the map on the […]

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| It’s 4:39am and I’m staring at a blank screen. “Well, that’s just great,” I say to myself before making a quick edit and switching over to my command line prompt. $ git add . && git commit -m "Please let it work this time" $ fab deploy development I refresh my browser and see an […]

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The Beginning is the Most Important Part of the Work

| The past two days have been a whirlwind of excitement as people around America discover National Day of Civic Hacking and come forward to help out. The sheer volume of interest has given me cause to step back and think about the impact and potential behind the initiative. Our Country faces great challenges as we […]

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NASA’s Digital Strategy: 6 Month Milestones

| Last month, we submitted our 6 month report on NASA’s Digital Strategy to the Office of Management and Budget. The 6 month milestones for our Digital Strategy are the 2nd update we’ve made to the plan, following our 3 month milestones that we launched in August. There are a number of new things that we’re […]

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| NASA’s web presence is gigantic. We operate thousands of websites covering pretty much every topic imaginable. Events such as the STS-135 Space Shuttle Launch and the Mars Curiosity rover landing bring millions of visitors watching streaming video live. According to an Alexa report, is the 732nd most visited website in the world (498th in […]

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Science Hack Day 2012

| This past weekend, I had the opportunity to join fellow openNASAer Chris Gerty at Science Hack Day San Francisco. Science Hack Day brings together designers, developers, scientists and other geeks in the same physical space for a brief but intense period of collaboration, hacking, and building ‘cool stuff’ focused on science. I went to last […]

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How would you use a NASA API?

| One of the major focuses of President Obama’s Digital Strategy is to encourage the development and use of API’s for service delivery from government agencies. For those of you who are unfamiliar with API’s, this Quora thread provides a good description. In short, API’s provide an interface for machines to talk with each other. A good example […]

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