Mon, Mar 21, 2011
Software Developers Meet To Discuss Collaboration, Costs,
Timelines For The Agency
NASA will host a summit about open source software development
on March 29-30 at the agency's Ames Research Center in Moffett
Field, Calif. The event runs from 0900 to 1700 PDT on both days.
NASA's first Open Source Summit will bring together engineers,
policy makers and members of the open source community.
Participants will discuss the challenges within the existing open
source policy framework and propose modifications to facilitate
NASA's development, release and use of software.
"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," said NASA's
Chief Technology Officer for Information Technology Chris C. Kemp.
"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."
Goals for the summit include establishing a method to support
collaboration with the public throughout the development lifecycle;
exploring NASA's ability to release and develop software under
varied open source licenses; determining whether and to what extent
NASA can participate in open source software governance bodies; and
gleaning best practices from private industry and other federal
Guest speakers will provide insights into best practices and
share valuable lessons learned in building and using open source
communities. Confirmed speakers include Kemp; Pascal Finette,
director of Mozilla Labs; Robert Sutor, vice president of Open
Systems at IBM; Chris Wanstrath, CEO and co-founder of Github; and
Brian Stevens, CTO and vice president of Worldwide Engineering at
The summit will include sessions on licensing, government
restrictions, such as the International Traffic in Arms
Regulations, governance, and risk assessments.
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