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NASA’s Open Data Commitment and WaterHackathon

September 14, 2011


NASA has a long history of placing large amounts of data online for members of the public to use. Since NASA’s inception, the agency has publicly archived over 4TB of new Earth Science data each day. With each passing decade, advances in technology made images clearer, the information coming back from space richer, and the world smaller.

The Open Data project, which is part of the NASA Open Government Initiative, is intended to improve access to NASA data.

This open data catalog is a continually growing listing of publicly available NASA datasets and includes information and direct links to more the 500 datasets, and this is just a small beginning. We’ve initially grouped the data into broad categories (aeronautics, earth science, space science, life science, climate, engineering, operations, institutional, and data catalogs) and have generously used tags to make the directory searchable.

Why is data.nasa.gov so valuable for WaterHackathon?

By providing access to government data archives, we hope that citizens like you – often at events like hackathons – will be able to add value to raw data through the development of technologies that re-use public data in innovative ways.

Are you looking for a specific type of data or certain parameters?

Let us know! We’re excited to work with you to meet your needs while we continue to build and refine the database. It’s still in the early stages, but we’re committed to making it effective for what you need. Remember that we are a large distributed agency archiving terabytes of data every day – so it can take time to find things.

What if I created something based on NASA’s data?

Please share your story with us ! We are in the process of creating a page on the site that highlights applications and other projects that utilize NASA’s open data.  We encourage you to explore and leverage the zettabytes of NASA raw open data and share with us what you discover and create!

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