NASA has joined other government agencies in the push for transparency by launching its own apps competition.
The International Space Apps Competition announced last week will take place next year during a two-day event where NASA representatives and officials from international space agencies will join with scientists and citizens to create apps using publicly released scientific data. According to NASA, the competition is intended to look for solutions to issues such as the weather’s impact on the global economy and the depletion of ocean resources.
“The competition embraces the concept of ‘open innovation’ to improve performance, inform decision-making, encourage entrepreneurship and solve problems more effectively,” said Nick Skytland of NASA’s Open Government Initiative, in a statement.
The competition supports the Open Government Partnership (OGP), an initiative President Barack Obama announced last week. The OGP is a global effort to “promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to strengthen governance.” The initiative is overseen by a committee of governments and civil society organizations, according to the initiative’s official page.
According to NASA’s Open Government Initiative, NASA works to provide scientific data in an effort to create a more open government and is currently working to expand transparency.
Photo: Space shuttle Atlantis is seen as it launches from pad 39A on Friday, July 8, 2011, at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Photo courtesy NASA / Bill Ingalls