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NASA is taking a big leap forward in their quest for more openness. The space agency has just unveiled phase 2 of their open government plan -- open government 2.0, if you will. The plan says open government is the responsibility of every person who works at NASA and that the agency takes seriously the principles of participation,collaboration and transparency in all that it does.
That being said, the space agency wants this new plan to be more of a model than a manual. The man behind the openness plan is Nick Skytland. Nick is the Program Manager of the Open Government at NASA. He why it's important to not view openness through only one spectrum.
NASA's new openness plan:
- Encourages more citizen engagement with its directory of more than 100 activities that NASA offers
- Allows comments on each page of the openness plan
- Is a a living document so you can download a real time version of the openness plan on a daily basis
- Unify information in an easy to access site so that citizens do not have to hunt for every department’s’ budget data.
- Release accurate information on contracts and grants so citizens can provide oversight.
- Datasets should be primary source materials and include information on how it was collected.
- Datasets should be released in a timely fashion and real time information should be provided whenever possible.
- Data should be released in machine readable formats and available to download all at once or in “bulk,” as in all of the information in a database.