NASA has quickly latched on to the crowd sourcing phenomenon to help support their ongoing mission of scientific innovation and discovery. To further collaboration with researchers and the public, NASA has created the Open NASA Earth Exchange (OpenNEX). OpenNEX consists of NASA imagery, cloud computing, visualization software, Earth system models and a platform for sharing this data with users, allowing people to analyze and run algorithms on data in the cloud and to easily share the results with the community. OpenNEX is full of free datasets, algorithms, codes and publications, and more are constantly being added to the site.
Not only is all this data free, NASA is also offering awards of $60,000 to those who use OpenNEX data to build climate applications. The challenge is to create an application or algorithm that uses the data from Climate and Earth Sciences satellites that have recently been made available on OpenNEX, to provide insight into global climate change and then relay the impacts to the public . You can read more about the challenge and join in here.