Open Source at NASA

It does not surprise me that an organization like NASA would embrace open source, but I appreciate the reasons that they cite for using open source:

“The motivations for NASA to distribute software codes Open Source are:

  • to increase NASA software quality via community peer review
  • to accelerate software development via community contributions
  • to maximize the awareness and impact of NASA research
  • to increase dissemination of NASA software in support of NASA’s education mission” (NASA)

NASA is embracing the community elements of open source: peer review, contributions, and open sharing of information.

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