DARPA has announced the launch of a public website offering anyone access to its open source offerings, the Open Catalog. With this comes the hope easy access will facilitate more rapid development of software that meets government needs, allowing experts to build upon the foundation laid by others.
This movement meets the long-standing requests by the public for results on its research and development efforts. The Open Catalog aims to solve this by providing the results via data gathered, details on experiments, various publications, and software. Anyone can access it.
For now, the Open Catalog offers peer-reviewed publications and software toolkits from the XDATA program. Furthermore, DARPA says it is looking into the idea of constructing communities with a focus on gov-funded software and research, and that if enough interest rises from this, more stuff will be added to the Open Catalog in the future.
Said DARPA Program Manager Chris White: “Making our open source catalog available increases the number of experts who can help quickly develop relevant software for the government. Our hope is that the computer science community will test and evaluate elements of our software and afterward adopt them as either standalone offerings or as components of their products.”