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Old 03-16-2011, 05:56 PM
David Wonderly
Default NASA To Host Open Sourse Summit March 29-30 in California

FYI For anyone interested in attending via online or in person. It sounds like
a fantastic opertunity!

David Wonderly
DarwkingDuck on FreeNode

March 10, 2011

Katherine Trinidad
Headquarters, Washington

Gretchen Curtis/Jessica Culler
Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.

RELEASE: 11-070


WASHINGTON -- 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 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 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 agencies.

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 Red

The summit will include sessions on licensing, government
restrictions, such as the International Traffic in Arms Regulations,
governance, and risk assessments.

Seating at the event is limited. However, virtual participation is
open to the public through online media, including live video
streaming, electronic discussion and collaborative note taking. For
more information or to register for the summit, visit:

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