National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Allow government scientists to share source code

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Revise the technology transfer regulations to allow the government to use government-written software from other agencies or centers.

 

Scientists and engineers at various NASA centers often write software to analyze data, simulate physical phenomena, and operate equipment. Even mathematical equations written on paper are considered software.

 

At present, we must go through the technology transfer, contracting, and export compliance offices to share source code or software we write with colleagues at other NASA centers or federal agencies. This presents such a barrier that people working on the same problem at different centers write their own versions of the same software, be it a matlab script or a LabView VI.

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