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NASA concludes first Open Source Summit, aims to make openness the default

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NASA has been implementing an Open Government Plan for nearly a year, and this week they held the first NASA Open Source Summit in Mountain View, CA. But the roots of open source at NASA go back much further, to its founding legislation in 1958, which designed NASA as a source that would "provide for the widest practicable and appropriate dissemination of information"--a goal perfectly suited to an open approach.

NASA recognizes that the full benefits of open source are only seen when there is a culture supportive of the activities. To that end, the Open Source Summit, also available to remote viewers online, brought together engineers and policy makers to talk about how they could work together to meet the challenges NASA faces in developing, using, and releasing open source software.

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