Accelerating Technology Adoption Through Community Endorsement

  • Richard E. UllmanEmail author
  • Yonsook Enloe
Part of the Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography book series (LNGC)


The idea that cross-discipline data interuse is a necessity for Earth systems science studies is now widely accepted, but data interoperability has been an elusive goal. The remote sensing community has a talented cohort of innovative developers of data and information technologies. However, despite the high level of innovation, progress on wide scale practical interuse has not been as rapid as expected. The usefulness of data interuse technologies requires adoption of these same visionary technologies on a wide scale. Thus, adoption of technologies to enable wider interdisciplinary investigation faces challenges similar to those for adoption of technology products in the commercial marketplace. Bringing a new technology from innovative use by visionary practitioners to popular use by more pragmatically oriented users has come to be called “crossing the chasm”.

NASA’s Earth Science Data Systems Working Group has been applying communications methodologies to bridge this adoption chasm within the agency. We have developed a process inspired by the successful model of the Internet “Request for Comments”. The central idea of the RFC is notification to the wider community of specific detailed ideas that potentially affect interoperation of data and services though the Internet. Sharing ideas through the RFC mechanism has spurred adoption of Internet technologies and fostered collaboration in the development of Internet standards. NASA’s Standards Process Group (SPG) seeks the same result in the domain of Earth science data systems.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.NASA/Goddard Space Flight CenterGreenbeltUSA
  2. 2.SGT, Inc.GreenbeltUSA

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