In 2007, a small group of people began an intentional, collaborative experiment in open, transparent, and direct communication about your space program. Our goal was to enable your direct participation in exploring and contributing to NASA’s mission.

Many of us have since begun new adventures. This site will remain as an archive of the accomplishments of the openNASA experiment.

Chris Gerty

Ever wondered what it was like to guide the vision of IT in one of the most information-rich technology agencies in the nation?  Deputy Chief Information Officer Deborah Diaz talked with FedScoop Radio about exactly that, and the future for NASA IT looks as bright as a million flickering network routers!

Ms. Diaz is certainly excited about the future of (as are we!) [at -10:45 on the audio stream], but expands on some of the other hot topics in NASA’s Information Technology community, such as the “Bring Your Own Device” concept [-10:30] and how consumer-driven IT [-10:05] is driving practices in government and NASA in particular.

The International Space Apps Challenge [-9:00] is fast approaching, and FedScoop reporter David Stegon discussed this and other examples of trends [-8:00] that exist in the government space.  Among these trends is rethinking how we collaborate [-7:00], and extreme collaboration tools tailored to the end-user [-6:15].  These are things that employees at NASA look to the Office of the CIO to enable.  A timely mention of technologies available at CES last year [-5:50] gives some hope to what may emerge this week, especially in the areas of data storage and cloud utilization [-5:15].

Big on everyone’s mind lately is the emergence of Google+ into the social media playing field, and the two discuss [-3:37] some of the incredible analytics coming out of NASA’s presence on G+ and the other top platforms of 2011.

In closing, Ms. Diaz stresses the human element:  NASA wants you to be involved in our future.  The OCIO is committed to investigating ways to get NASA’s data to those with a need [-2:25], in a useful way [-2:14], and to enable YOU to get involved in real-life solutions to today’s toughest challenges.  How?  Come explore with us [-1:45] and find out!