Data Science, Designed

Dan Hammer  OCIO

NASA IS A BIG PLACE WIth a lot of data science

What is the optimal Application Deployment Structure?


  • Each service implements a set of narrowly related functions.
  • Services communicate using or asynch or synchronous protocols (like RESTful APIs).
  • Services are independently deployed
  • Each service has its own database in order to be decoupled from other services

API  (ABBR.)  Application Programming Interface:

  1. a set of routines, protocols, and tools for building software applications;  structure for the interaction between raw data and the final application.
  • "A good API makes it easier to develop a program by providing building blocks.  A programmer then puts the blocks together."

What is the point of an API?  Why should we care?

An API is a structured way to engage with NASA data.  Without it, most data sets are effectively unusable by third-party developers -- the fixed cost of data wrangling is too high.  


"Most important element for NASA data science? Making the data usable."  DJ Patil 

If a data set is created in the woods and no one uses it, is it data?  No. 








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