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6 Discussion
Pages 73-76

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... Recommendation: NASA Science Mission Directorate should explicitly recognize the scientific value of open source software and incentivize its development and support, with the goal that open source science software becomes routine scientific practice. Recommendation: NASA Science Mission Directorate should initiate and sponsor programs to educate and train researchers in open source best practices.
From page 74...
... Recommendation: NASA Science Mission Directorate should develop internal policies and external legal language conducive to the swift release of open source scientific software and the full participation of NASA employees in internal and external open source projects, without jeopardizing national security or incurring legal liability. It is important to note that most of these recommendations apply regardless of whether NASA SMD explicitly requires OSS.
From page 75...
... A theme of this report, however is that OSS policy is more complex than open data policy and will require a multidimensional approach as outlined in the options discussed in Chapter 5. The committee believes in the benefit of an OSS policy, but its implementation must be carefully planned, gradually implemented, appropriately funded, and well coordinated across SMD.

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