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05 January 2012, 15:37

NASA launches open source web site

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NASA, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in the US, has launched, a web site that will serve as the central source of information about the agency's open source projects. The site, which is still in early alpha, is intended to help unify and expand NASA's open source activities.

Along with an overview of NASA's open source projects, such as the interactive 3D world viewer World Wind Java. To help NASA employees release more software as open source, the site also has a Guide page that provides instructions and how-tos for developing and publishing open source software. Planned for the second phase of development, and not yet implemented, is a forum for site users to discuss open source projects and find out how they can contribute to a NASA project.

The third phase will focus on tools and mechanisms, including version control, issue tracking and documentation. During that phase NASA will "create and host a tool, service, and process chain to further lower the burden to going open".

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