Feeds

Q: What's government-owned, designed to kill, and now more transparent? A: DARPA!

Skunkworks research lab launches 'Open Catalog' to share research information

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

While one part of the US government tries to slink further back into the shadows, another is pushing itself into the light via a new transparency scheme at DARPA.

The US's defense boffins at DARPA announced the launch of the its Open Catalog on Tuesday – an initiative designed to drum up support from the wider research community into co-development of DARPA projects by giving information on what bits of open source software and publications have been part-funded by the development lab.

"Making our open source catalog available increases the number of experts who can help quickly develop relevant software for the government," said Chris White, a DARPA program manager, in a canned statement.

"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."

To begin with, the Open Catalog incorporates assets from Darpa's XDATA program which involves research into distributed analysis of large and sometimes incomplete datasets.

DARPA plans to expand this out to include the fruits of research in other programs like Broad Operational Language Translation, and Visual Media Reasoning.

Some of this DARPA-backed software includes cutting-edge data center management tech like the Apache Mesos and Tachyon projects, along with less well known but sophisticated projects like the Vowpal Wabbit out-of-core learning system, or the Julia dynamic programming language.

A peruse of the catalog shows that private companies like IBM and MDA Information Systems have already produced large amounts of research for the company in this area, while public institutions like the University of California at Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon University, Georgia Tech, and others have all done significant amounts of part-DARPA-funded research.

"DARPA is interested in building communities around government-funded software and research. If the R&D community shows sufficient interest, DARPA will continue to make available information generated by DARPA programs, including software, publications, data and experimental results," DARPA wrote.

Given the fact that DARPA is funded by US taxpayers, and that the research it funds has broad applicability beyond the defense uses, it seems like a good idea for interested parties to reward this bout of openness and use the Catalog to inform them about where a minute fraction of their tax dollars are going. ®

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
ONE MILLION people already running Windows 10
A third of them are doing it in VMs, but early feedback focuses on frippery
Sign off my IT project or I’ll PHONE your MUM
Honestly, it’s a piece of piss
Netscape Navigator - the browser that started it all - turns 20
It was 20 years ago today, Marc Andreeesen taught the band to play
Torvalds CONFESSES: 'I'm pretty good at alienating devs'
Admits to 'a metric ****load' of mistakes during work with Linux collaborators
Sway: Microsoft's new Office app doesn't have an Undo function
Content aggregation, meet the workplace ... oh
Do Moan! MONSTER 6-day EMAIL OUTAGE hits Domain Monster
Customers freaked out by frightful service
Ploppr: The #VultureTRENDING App of the Now
This organic crowd sourced viro- social fertiliser just got REAL
Return of the Jedi – Apache reclaims web server crown
.london, .hamburg and .公司 - that's .com in Chinese - storm the web server charts
NetWare sales revive in China thanks to that man Snowden
If it ain't Microsoft, it's in fashion behind the Great Firewall
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Win a year’s supply of chocolate
There is no techie angle to this competition so we're not going to pretend there is, but everyone loves chocolate so who cares.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.