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Ron Thompson, chief data officer at NASA, details how the agency is working with industry partners, and the role data plays in their new moonshot efforts.

NASA is looking to go back to the moon, and they’re doing it with more industry buy-in than ever. Ron Thompson, chief data officer at NASA, says that the agency’s is uncovering ways to utilize data and make their aeronautics and deep space missions more impactful for scientists on the ground.


“We are in direct alignment with OMB’s direction and it gives us really, the ability to go into our mission and be able to have these conversations, be able to liberate the data that is in these silos and I think we have really good examples where advancements are being made in areas but we just need to sort of take a higher view of it. A cross agency view, an enterprise view, and see where we can answer different questions that no one has ever thought of. Our data science cadre, we are growing that right now. That would be another area,” Thompson told Government Matters, “We are really in our early groundwork, learning from others such as Commerce who have been well established in this role. We are learning from them, we’re learning from industry in this space, we’re learning how to set up our governance model and most importantly how to achieve better outcomes for our mission.”

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