Wednesday, February 10, 2010

For my Mother on her Birthday

The OpenNASA v2.0 Portal in a Nutshell:

The idea is that OpenNASA v2.0 would be modelled after iGoogle and myYahoo. So any existing NASA apps or tools could simply become gadgets or apps added to the OpenNASA v2.0 portal's suite or "app collection".

OpenNASA v2.0 would not supercede other NASA tools/applications, rather just gather them together into one portal that is based on standards (The Open Stack - an introduction) that allows for interoperabilty with all opensocial partners: i.e., google, yahoo, ning, linkedin, myspace, etc.

Theoretically, if there were similar portals at other Agencies (Federal, State and Local) the gadgets could be easily shared between the next-gen portals.

My longer term vision is that eventually, once we work through the risks and better define the open portal model, anyone, even members of the general public, could become "citizen developers" and add any gadget or app they want to the collection. There are opensource orgs in place already that could serve as a clearing house for "citizen apps", (reviews, gold certification, ranking, rating, etc.). "Citizen developers" could be motivated by the simple fact that gov't portals are high traffic sites - their apps would get a chance to be seen and used by a wide segment of the general public.

Or, if citizens prefer using their own iGoogle/myYahoo dashboards, they could simply use OpenNASA v2.0 as a place to come to find a gadget that could help them to solve whatever unique problem they are trying to solve.

The "Federal Community Cloud" would be the virtual cloud of next-gen portals that could share gadgets, login, profile and contact info with Federal next-gen portals: any opensocial partner portal would be considered part of the "Federal Community Social Cloud".

More on the current status of the Open Government Directive (OGD) can be found on the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) blog.

POGO is an independent non-profit that investigates and exposes corruption and other misconduct in order to achieve a more effective, accountable, open and ethical Federal Government.

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