NASA, Harvard University Turn to the Crowd for Climate Change Challenge

NASA, Harvard University Turn to the Crowd for Climate Change Challenge

http://www.crowdsourcing.org/editorial/nasa-harvard-university-turn-to-the-crowd-for-climate-change-challenge/35050

NASA is typically known for its exploits in space — it is the aeronautics and space agency, after all. But for its latest initiative, it’s looking much closer to home, and it’s asking the crowd for help.

On Monday, NASA will launch the Climate Resilience Data Challenge. The challenge is run in partnership with Harvard University and hosted on Topcoder (which was purchased by Appirio last year).

NASA, along with other government agencies, collects troves of data to support scientific research, and this latest challenge is meant to give the Administration an idea of how it can use the data in novel ways. Users are encouraged to provide ideas on how to best make use of the data that federal, as well as private, databases may hold.

“Federal agencies, such as NASA and the USGS, traditionally focus on developing world-class science data to support scientific research, but the rapid growth in the innovation community presents new opportunities to encourage wider usage and application of science data to benefit society,” said Kevin Murphy, NASA program executive for Earth Science Data Systems. “We need tools that utilize federal data to help our local communities improve climate resilience, protect our ecosystems, and prepare for the effects of climate change.”

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