14 February 2014 – DARPA … the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency … sponsors a lot of technology through grants to universities and private labs, with projects running the gamut from robots to electroencephalography caps, to software and new programming languages. A lot of that knowledge is open source, but it hasn’t always been easy to access. DARPA is primarily a division of the defense department, tasked with creating technological surprise for enemies and preventing them from surprising us. But it also seeds very ambitious technology that makes its way into consumer applications; the internet and GPS are only two big examples.
Today … awww, on Valentine’s Day … has published the DARPA Open Catalog, a website that aggregates source code and other data for all public DARPA-funded projects. As the press release noted:
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 … Read more