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Ron Thompson on NASA’s Data Resources, Implementation of National Data Strategy

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Ron Thompson
Ron Thompson

Ron Thompson, chief data officer at NASA, told Government Matters in a video interview posted Monday how the agency leverages data to support its missions.

Thompson discussed NASA’s data resources and how the agency executes the Office of Management and Budget’s National Data Strategy based on those resources.

“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,” he said.

He cited the role of a CDO council, NASA’s efforts to further develop its data science cadre as well as its collaboration with industry partners and other agencies.

“We are really in our early groundwork, learning from others such as Commerce who have been well established in this role,” Thompson said. “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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