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Nuts and Bolts

25 Sep 2014, 15:26 UTC
Nuts and Bolts
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As my 6-month fellowship at NASA comes to a close, the Open Data team asked me to reflect on my time here. First and foremost, I must recognize my teammates’ talent and hard work: Beth, Jason, and Sandeep – how lucky NASA is that the three of you have chosen the civil servant career path. Your contributions not only to NASA but to all of government, and to the open data community at large, cannot be emphasized enough. I’ve learned much by watching and listening in our many meetings these past months. You are proof that virtual teams can be more than just successful – they can flourish.
The most profound outcome of my NASA tour of duty is witnessing an open data program team hard at work at the agency level. Historically I have advised agencies from a pan-government viewpoint up at a 30,000 foot level. It has been invaluable for me to witness open government implementation at an agency level – to experience the true nuts and bolts of a program. I will head back to my agency with eyes open, and with a far greater appreciation for the hard work our sister agencies undertake every day to ...

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