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Open Government at NASA

On his first day in office, President Obama signed the Memorandum on Transparency and Open Government to create a more open dialogue between the American people and their government. The Open Government Directive requires federal agencies to take immediate steps towards a new level of openness and accountability.

NASA has been dedicated to the principles of Open Government for more than 50 years, evolving their operations to continually strengthen the bridge between the American people and their aeronautics and space agency.

The Internet Archive ( has been working with NASA to make available the most comprehensive compilation ever of NASA’s vast collection of photographs, historic film and video , bringing the agency even closer to the American people. Recently, in our post Archiving NASA, we discussed our efforts to archive all of NASA’s online activity. Our archiving efforts have sparked some interest at the aeronautics and space agency, and now NASA is considering how these efforts might be leveraged for records management purposes to address President Obama’s Open Government Initiative.

“NASA has implemented an agreement with the non-profit Internet Archive (IA) whereby IA manages an Internet site,, to provide free access and downloads of NASA still photography, video and film, including High Definition. Therefore, in essence, IA serves as custodian of much of NASA’s current and legacy digital imagery records. In addition, IA will help digitize NASA’s historically significant, analog images for inclusion on the Web site, enabling digital archiving with the National Archives and greater public access to these records via the IA Website.

Strictly on its own initiative, IA recently began to capture NASA’s publicly posted social media content. NASA is considering exploration of how this activity might be leveraged for records management purposes.” | NASA Records Management

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Originally posted on The NASA Images Blog by NASA Images.

Written by internetarchive

April 12, 2010 at 10:38 pm

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