NASA has released an API for its recently launched open data site, allowing developers to take data sets from the site and reuse them in new applications.
The space agency launched data.nasa.gov in August, a vast collection of digitized data of its observations of earth, other planets in the solar system from satellites, telescopes, robots and astronaut cameras.
The repository was part of the rollout of an open government site the space agency launched to highlight the ways it is leveraging transparency, participation, and collaboration as part of the Open Government Directive.
Documentation for the new open-data API is now freely available online on the site. The agency said it hopes to learn from other developers so it can improve its use of new technology.
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