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14 March 2011, 10:57

NASA Open Source Summit announced

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NASA Open Source Summit Logo NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) has announced that it will hold its first ever summit on open source software development later this month. According to NASA, the Open Source Summit will bring together engineers, policy makers and open source community members to talk about "the challenges within the existing open source policy framework and propose modifications to facilitate NASA's development, release and use of software". The event will take place on the 29 and 30 March at the Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California.

Goals for the summit include methods to support public collaboration throughout development and NASA's ability to develop and release software under open source licences, as well as determining whether and to what extent NASA can participate in open source software governance bodies. Confirmed guest speakers include Mozilla Labs director Pascal Finette, IBM VP of Open Systems Robert Sutor, GitHub CEO and co-founder Chris Wanstrath and Red Hat CTO and VP of Worldwide Engineering Brian Stevens.

Discussing the announcement, NASA CTO for Information Technology Chris C. Kemp said, "Open source brings numerous benefits to NASA software projects, including increased quality, reduced development costs, faster development cycles and reduced barriers for public-private collaboration to commercialize agency technology", adding that, "The full benefits of open source can only be achieved if NASA is able to establish the processes, policies and culture needed to encourage and support open source development."

Further details about the event, including agenda and venue information, can be found on the Open Source Summit 2011 web site. While seating at the event is limited, virtual participation will be open to the public through live video streaming, electronic discussion and collaborative note taking.

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