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Give the public access to more raw data

NASA already collects more data than it can interpret. Make more databases widely available to the public, and encourage app builders, programmers and students to build and share apps that make that data understandable. Centralize current data crowdsourcing projects. Develop, or encourage the development of, an open-source SDK for NASA data.

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  1. This is the best idea yet because it would crowd source interpretation and visualization, making the data more useful without costing more man hourse (once the skd is made available.)

    2 years ago
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  2. Why not using some open datas format ?

    2 years ago
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  3. I wouldn't like any data to be interpreted in several manners, i would like to have conclusive answers or hypothesis. For non professional peoples {like me} it would led to confusion, i repeat for amateurs like me it would be like, well who and what am i going to trust.

    2 years ago
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  4. Too many cooks spoil the broth.

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    1. I don't understand why there couldn't be a cap on the amount of people working on officially NASA supported projects while other individuals and organizations could use the data for their own research in related fields or to verify NASA's work. This distributed data could be used in many ways.

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    2. Said no scientist ever.

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    3. I'm sorry but that is just not the way modern science is done.

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  5. I couldn't agree more with this comment! Note that we do have www.data.nasa.gov that serves as a simple directory to many of the publicly-accessible datasets at NASA, but there are so many more that we could potentially open up. It's also important to note that what this is really about is "accessibility" of datasets, not just making them public (although that is a good first step). We should be making our raw data data and content more available, through API's and optimized web services. If you haven't read the recently released Digital Strategy document, I encourage you to check it out: http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/egov/digital-government/digital-government.html.

    2 years ago
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    1. N.V. Binder Idea Submitter

      It seems like a lot of the ideas here have more to do with accessibility and organization than content. Perhaps what the website really needs isn't more "stuff" but more maps and finding aids.

      With regard to data & apps, what's needed is something that gets people engaged in data, programming and visualization as play. I'm not saying we should gamify app development (in fact, I'd advise against that), but people shouldn't be afraid of breaking something by engaging with it. I'd love to see a Scratch-like platform (http://scratch.mit.edu) that would allow people to manipulate data without having to learn a lot of code.

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  6. Include new discoveries;

    Dark matter of outer space is made up of info cells of all Earth. We are not made for this planet but are made of it.

    If there is a nook or cranny any where in our Universe that conditions will allow evolution of Earth life, it has happened.

    What I am excitingly waiting for is news that one of our robots has

    successfully penetrated another universe. If so this would confirm that our info cells known as dark matter or energy also could and life as we know it will be.

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    1. Not very scientific man sorry

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  7. I think I saw a post just like this on POPSCI or Gizmag. Looks like spam.

    2 years ago
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  8. I agree with this idea, being a little more transparent with data would be a great thing, but in two parts one for adults and a seperate section for students and kids. Seeing things through a multitude of angles can solve certain problems in a quicker manner.

    Case in point, I am a war vet who holds a degree in biochemistry, but I love space exploration and follow constantly. I know it would be hard for me to find a job at NASA because finding a government job these days is very difficult, but that does not mean I could not share my ideas. One of my suggestions comes from trying to find dark matter. I beleive that since we can not see it directly why cant we not use an old indirect approach and use high frequency sonar ( it may not work but its worth a review. Also there may be another explanation, such as if i had a box that nothing could escape and using my understanding of a fundamental law that enegery cannot be created or destroyed but converted, I can say that if i put a metal square inside and broke it down to its smallest usable parts then the mass or energy that is in my unescapabale container is still there. These ideas as they stand may not hold solid ground, but they can be ideas that can be dismissed and we could be one step closer to the answer.

    2.5 million minds of various intellect and different perspectives can go a long way, it is time for us all to reclaim our respect for all aspects of the science community.

    2 years ago
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  9. Why not use wiki engine to power that kind of work. I guess everybody know how Wikipedia works and they have used open standard technology to handle and present whole bunch of data. Plus it offers moderation and collaboration mechanisms. And you don`t need to spent more money on developing something new. Which again means less bugs and faster roll-out.

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  10. A single winddow is enough for all the leavel of educationalists show down in our NASA.

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  11. Great idea ! the best so far. And, to complete all data must to be free to used for any purpose, specially for scientific publications and of course, with the proper citation of the source. ( We all pay for this already ).

    The availability of the Nasa data for everyone, everywhere would cause a revolution in all fields.

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  12. Scientific data should be freely available for public access / use / interpretation. Specially for scientific studies and publications.

    We all pay for the project funding, so nothing more logic. Today NASA site is for kids. Important but not enough.

    The availability of the Nasa data for everyone, everywhere would cause a revolution in all fields.

    ( Inline with the comment posted in N.V. Binder's idea, but specific for science)

    2 years ago
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  13. I'm thinking that we need some visualizations of data

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  14. But thats is terabytes of data. There is a little problem.

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  15. Autodidact Aplomb

    Prioritize raw data with some direction. retired persons such as myself have available time to assist and gladly review your data to reduce the boredom. Business manager with 45 years experience in problem solving.

    2 years ago
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  16. What some people appear to not understand is that these are data sets not projects. This would allow for example allow you to (with proper software) select an object and view the hundreds or thousands of images instead of the potential best 20.

    As Robert Niznansky mentioned, this would be terabytes of data and would require a lot of new servers, however, servers are relatively cheap.

    I also support this for another reason, NASA is government, government is people, hence the people should have full access to NASA's data.

    Then again, that's just my opinion...

    2 years ago
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  17. This is not out of the realm of reasonableness. It does take planning, though. Check out free and open access to Landsat data as an example (via the LandsatLook Viewer http://landsatlook.usgs.gov). This is a shared mission with NASA (managed by the USGS), but the USGS looks at everyone as a potential user. All 3.5+ million images are in .tif format (geotiff, actually) - there are even .jpg options for those who just want to look at the picture and not analyze the 400 MB giant data files. Use went from 25,000 images a year to over 2 million a year. 9+ million images distributed so far - and counting!

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  18. Competition, and Security?

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  19. All RAW data is publicly available via the NASA Planetary Data System:

    http://pds.jpl.nasa.gov/

    Learning how to process this data is definitely a learning curve though, even for those of us who work as planetary scientists! But the data is out there for anyone to access.

    2 years ago
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  20. I would love to see at least an FTP link to all the raw image databases. Pulling the raw image one picture at a time is very time consuming. I like to make backup copies in case the images on NASA's servers turn up missing, which they have in the past for some unforseen reason.

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