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Welcome to the Virtual Aerospace Center of Excellence Wiki.
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The site is designed to be the knowledge base for presentations, working notes, whiteboard conversations, and scratch pad notes. It will serve to organize the many views and voices regarding the VACE. Please add yours.


To add content to any page on the Wiki, click the Edit link by the secton or the Edit This Page button at the top of the page.

To participate in the discussion, click on the Discussion tab in the upper right corner of the page.


VACE NING Site

What is Ning?

Ning is a customizable social network site. The VACE Ning site provides

The word "Ning" is Chinese for "peace" (simplified Chinese: ; traditional Chinese: ; pinyin: níng), as explained by Gina Bianchini on the company blog, and it is also a surname in Chinese.


For more instruction on how to use the Wiki and Ning, please read this brief document. [ http://larcvace.wordpress.com/files/2009/06/how-to-wiki-and-ning.doc How to Wiki and Ning]

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This is not an official NASA site, nor does it necessarily reflect the official opinions, policy, or positions of NASA.

Q: If I can not consider the views stated in the "Contents", as NASA official opinions and policies regarding the development and implementation of a VACE in the future, then I do not see the point to start any serious discussion that would help NASA to implement such a center.

One of the main themes that came out of the VACE workshop was the need for Openness. Openness meaning that NASA is transparent to the public, as well as NASA is openly working with outside sources. Traditional methods to involve outside sources include Requests for Information (RFI), NASA Research Announcements (NRA), Space Act agreements, contracts, etc. Although these methods have their uses, they are not very open and do not actively promote interaction, conversation, and collaboration. This wiki is a simple attempt at opening the inner workings of NASA to allow anyone to see and participate. But in doing that, there are certain risks involved too. We want to allow any one to post on this wiki, but that does not mean we can allow any one can to speak for NASA. For example, slides were presented at the workshop discussing how to "Break up Langley". These slides are included on this site because they are interesting and thought provoking. But our inclusion of these slides should not be construed as an official NASA or Langley position on this idea. The purpose of this disclaimer is to allow unstifled conversation without having to constantly monitor or police every addition to the wiki.

As for whether there is a reason to participate in our discussion, that is for you to decide according to your own cost/benefit analysis. We certainly value and appreciate everyone's input. We would not be working on this wiki ourselves if we did not expect some sort of "official activity" as a result. We hope you choose to be a part of it with us.

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