Steve Crawford - Scientific Software at NASA


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This talk in the US-RSE Funder Talk Series featured Steve Crawford, Senior Program Executive for Data and Computing at NASA. This event took place Thursday, August 3rd at 1 PM ET, 12 PM CT, 11 AM MT, 10 AM PT


Topic: Scientific Software at NASA

Software has been a common thread across all of NASA’s major achievements from the Moon landing to the deepest images of our Universe. Software plays a key role to NASA’s scientific missions and to the amazing discoveries that come from them. The development of software is accomplished through the contributions from the engineers, scientists, and community contributing to the range of different scientific software packages. NASA is taking the next steps to further broaden the impact of open source by applying it to the scientific process with its Open Source Science Initiative. NASA is directly supporting open source scientific software through grants and contributions. To further advance scientific reproducibility and reuse, the scientific software underlying future scientific results will be made openly available and unrestricted mission software will be developed openly to allow for community contributions.


Steve Crawford Steve Crawford is an astronomer currently working as the Science Data Officer for the Science Mission Directorate of NASA. He is the lead for the Open Source Science Initiative and program officer for solicitations related to open source software. Previously, he has managed the teams maintaining the open source calibration software for the Hubble Space Telescope and Webb Space Telescope. Before that, he spent 11 years working as the Data Manager for the Southern African Large Telescope at the South African Astronomical Observatory. He was a founding member of the Astropy Project and a scientific editor for the AAS Journals specializing in software and machine learning.