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NASA Explores New World Of Open Data

NASA has been publishing a lot of data for a long time, but getting it into standard machine-readable formats is still a herculean task.

Mars data from data.nasa.gov.
Mars data from data.nasa.gov.

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Whoopty
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11/12/2014 | 1:09:45 PM
The data...
The data NASA has stored away in vaults and filing cabinets (I can't imagine it's digitised everything yet) must contain some treasure troves of insight into the Cold War. If it needs a digitiser, my hand is firmly raised!
D. Henschen
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11/12/2014 | 1:57:03 PM
Re: The data...
Nice job, as usual, David on explaining a complicated and nuanced topic. I understand NASA's pain in being forced to make data accessible in the raw without much in the way of money or support to reverse-engineer the methods it previously applied to making data usable. I only hope that its effort to track not only downloads but usage yields some income streams that might help fund future exploration. I know we, as taxpayers, have already funded the development of this data, but that doesn't mean that commercial businesses should have free reign to monetize that data.
Thomas Claburn
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11/12/2014 | 4:21:57 PM
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> I only hope that its effort to track not only downloads but usage yields some income streams that might help fund future exploration.

NASA should be charging for API access to the data and plowing that money back into space exploration.
David F. Carr
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11/12/2014 | 4:44:31 PM
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I don't know if they're allowed to charge, but I'd think the real benefit would be if they could show the value of what they do and get a little more support from the business community and the taxpayers.
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