ACES, Inc @ GeoHackJam

This March, ACES, Inc. was able to participate in the first ever GeoHackJam presented by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) & Data.gov.  The purpose of the event was to explore technical solutions for several different problem sets faced by the USGS and supporting agencies. ACES members Travis Scheponik and Michael Siegel were able to team up with Michael Flores of IBM to successfully prototype and showcase an FOSS solution for their mineral data set issues. Utilizing open source tools … Continued

ACES, Inc. Feedback on Federal Source Code Policy

I have been a Government contractor and software developer for over 15 years. I have worked on projects where code wasn’t shared with anyone outside the development team to open source projects funded by the government (Ozone Platform). The Federal Source Code Policy could be monumental for advancements in technology and innovation by empowering open communication and collaboration with the largest producer of software in the world. Below is my feedback on the policy (https://sourcecode.cio.gov/) … Continued

Ozone is Open Source

This post is the third in a series of blog post that will discuss Ozone evolution from a widget framework to a software as a service platform. The goal is to generate discussion among the Ozone community to discuss challenges and possible solutions.   Ozone is an open source project. The community needs to collaborate and should seed the creation of a non-profit Ozone Software Foundation (OSF) with donations and volunteers to provide leadership for … Continued

A Home for the Ozone Platform

The Ozone Widget Framework (OWF) and Ozone Marketplace (OMP) product line are nearing end of life, with limited resources to support bug fixes and community requests. Resources have since been directed to development, deployment, and sustainment of Ozone Platform (OZP), the software that powers AppsMall, and the latest in the Ozone product line of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS). OZP is a key component of the Office of Director of National Intelligence’s (ODNI) Intelligence … Continued

Failure is Not Black & White, but Shades of Gray

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An unusual topic for the beginning of the year: FAILURE.  Yes, failure.  The New Year is the time to talk about success and new beginnings, so you might be asking whether or not this is the best time to talk about this.  Well, it’s a little hard to define success without experiencing failure, and since the New Year brings new beginnings, now is absolutely the time to talk about failure.  So, for the beginning of … Continued

People, Planet, Profit – The Triple Bottom Line

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[lead]Part 1: A Raspberry Pi On Every Desk [/lead] This post is the first in a series dedicated to highlighting examples of new ways to reshape the workplace, both for businesses and governments, by encouraging practices designed to benefit employees and customers while protecting the environment and making/saving money. The Raspberry Pi, developed by the Raspberry Pi Foundation in 2011, was developed to help teach basic coding and computing skills to school children.  The size … Continued