Four years ago, NASA released the first gen version of our Open Government Plan. We’re working on our third revision: Open Gov 3.0, which updates our progress from the last plan, and offers three new Flagship Initiatives: 1) Climate.Data.Gov, 2) Asteroid Grand Challenge, and 3) the Information Project. NASA has been given the leadership role in creating and bringing together federal data assets for the new Climate.Data.Gov websites, which provides a public-facing website for you to locate climate-related data and tools to help in make community decisions. Our Asteroid Grand Challenge is focused on detecting and characterizing asteroids and learning how to deal with potential threats in a way that allows us to harness public engagement, open innovation and citizen science. NASA’s Information Project will define the agency information architecture to leverage our data and information to better enable science and engineering information sharing.


We’d love for you to share your thoughts with us on the Open Gov 3.0 report outline. The full report is due June 1. Let us know what you think.



Open Government Plan Version 3.0 Outline 1.0    Introduction NASA is pleased to issue the Open Government Plan 3.0.  The plan reflects the continued commitment of the Agency to the principles and practices of Open Government. NASA has embraced President‘s Open Government Initiative and is increasingly sharing information with the public. 2.0    Open Government Plan 3.0 Initiatives 2.1    Open Data 2.2    Proactive Disclosures 2.3    Privacy 2.4    Whistleblowers Protection 2.5    Digital Strategy Website 2.6    New Flagship Initiatives 2.6.1   Climate Data Initiative The Climate Data Initiative is aimed at providing a public-facing website where users can find data related to climate change that can help inform and prepare America’s communities, businesses, and citizens.  Initially, in the first phase, users will be able to find data and resources related to coastal flooding, sea level rise and their impacts.  On follow on iterations of the website, content will be provided so that users are able to find additional data and tools relevant to other important climate-related impacts, including risks to human health, the food supply, and energy infrastructure.  Currently, NASA has published 80+ datasets for the initial phase and release of this portal. 2.6.2   NASA Information Project Initiative NASA Information Project initiative aims to leverage agency’s ever-growing data and information as enterprise assets and to establish agency wide information architecture, standards and policies to enable information sharing for better science and exploration. The main goal of this initiative is to define the over-arching Information Architecture for the agency, which will encompass all the Agency data. Leveraging the full power of Agency data is becoming increasingly difficult to achieve. The exponential growth in data and information, new mandates and reduction in budget have combined to make agency wide information management a strategic issue. In addition to data volume and getting far more work out of agency data, NASA has additional needs for its information assets. Information assets are Agency assets principle is acknowledged and agreed upon across the agency. So, like any other agency assets physical facility, vehicle, or other commodity, agency seeks to maximize the usefulness of its information assets, for our own mission success and that of the public. As a key enabler to accomplish agency missions, and provide direct benefit to the public, the NASA Information Project will be working to make the agency data and information an effective and useful asset. The initiative will undertake the task of finding solutions for NASA’s data and information challenges using an architecture driven and state-of-the-art technology enabled approach. The NASA Information Project will be working in five key areas namely Architecture and Standards, Management and Governance, Policy and Legal, User and Data Services, and Sustainment and Outreach to address a complete information environment. 2.6.3   Asteroid Grand Challenge The Asteroid Grand Challenge is to “find all asteroid threats to human populations and know what to do about them”. Grand Challenges are ambitious, but achievable, goals that harness science, technology, and innovation to solve important national or global problems and that have the potential to capture the public’s imagination. They serve as a “North Star” for high-impact, multi-disciplinary collaborations and public-private partnerships in areas where the Government cannot likely achieve the outcome alone. A Grand Challenge is not a single, “big” prize competition; it is broader in scope than a single challenge conducted as a crowdsourcing activity or prize competition. A Grand Challenge will consist of both NASA organized and non-NASA organized activities, potentially including a number of challenges, to make progress toward the goal. NASA is committing to leading the Asteroid Grand Challenge by coordinating discussions among the many possible contributors to co-create a collective implementation plan. Within the United States, a number of organizations have been hard at work on this problem for years, including universities and space institutions, amateur astronomers, the Planetary Society, and the B612 foundation. Dialogue among international space agencies, including NASA, on the need to formalize a global approach to detect and plan for mitigation of asteroids has also been taking place over the years within the context of the Committee on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space. However, NASA intends to significantly expand the involvement of many more organizations and individuals through the Grand Challenge. 3.0    Progress on Ongoing Initiatives 3.1    Participation in Transparency Initiative 3.2    Participation 3.3    Collaboration 3.4    Public Notice 3.5    Records Management 3.6    Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Requests 3.7    Congressional Requests 3.8    Declassification 3.9    Ongoing Flagship Initiatives 3.9.1   NASA Web Environment 3.10   Other Major Initiatives 3.10.1   Technology Accelerator 3.10.2   Open Data 3.10.3   Open Source Software 3.11   Highlighted Activities 4.0    Next Steps 5.0    Conclusion


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Open Innovation Program Manager

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