NASA has released its second annual Software Catalog of more than 1,000 software programs for industry, government agencies and the general public to access for free.
The Software Catalog contains the actual advanced engineering and aeronautics codes that NASA engineers created for their daily work. The initial move by NASA was inspired by the 2011 Presidential Memorandum on increasing the commercialization of federal research to support high-growth business. President Obama challenged all federal agencies to find new ways to boost the efficiency and economic impact of their tech transfer programs.
In response, NASA created a five-year plan with several key objectives, which included locating, collecting and publicly releasing all of the agency’s software. The first edition of the Software Catalog, published in May 2014, has been downloaded over 100,000 times, and the catalog website has had millions of visitors. With the second edition of Software Catalog, NASA remains the first and only federal agency to release this comprehensive a collection of free software tools.
To further advance the initiative, NASA is also shortening software-usage agreements and implementing a new agreement template to make it easier for companies and organizations to access the software. These features will be available at the end of the fiscal year.