The use of open source software, cloud computing technologies, and an integrated approach to search, video, and social media seems almost common-place in industry these days. Yet government websites aren’t quite there with the exception of a few noteable exceptions (not an exhaustive list by any means). This is why I’m so excited about that NASA has recently released an RFI (Request for Information) for information on how to build a better public website nasa.gov and intranet insdie.nasa.gov. This is a really big step for NASA, but,we truly need your help.
This is how it works. NASA has released an RFI and draft statement of work. An RFI, or request for information, is a standard government acquisition process in which vendors submit information that is then used for comparative purposes to help NASA later release an RFP, or request for proposal. An RFI helps NASA
Conduct market research to identify what kinds of product or service solutions are commercially available
Ask industry to offer solutions for agency requirements or objectives
Collect information about relevant companies, their capabilities, products, and experience
nasa.gov is a very high profile website with more around 600,000 unique visitors and 43 million “hits” per day. The ...