New NASA TechPort Online Tool Available to Agency Employees


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From: HQ-NASA INC
Date: October 10, 2012

AGENCY-WIDE MESSAGE TO ALL NASA CIVIL SERVICE EMPLOYEES:

Point of contact: Faith Chandler, Office of the Chief Technologist,
NASA Headquarters, 202-358-0411, faith.t.chandler@nasa.gov

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Message from the Chief Technologist

New NASA TechPort Online Tool Available to Agency Employees

NASA's Technology Portfolio System (TechPort) is a new agency internal website now available to NASA civil servant and contractor employees who log in from a nasa.gov domain. TechPort is an integrated, agency-wide software system designed to capture, track, and manage NASA's portfolio of technology investments. TechPort provides detailed information on individual technology programs and projects throughout NASA.

TechPort is equipped with features that allow users to efficiently search, identify technology gaps, update assessments of NASA's Roadmap Technology Areas, and provide comprehensive technology reports. TechPort is developed and managed by the Office of the Chief Technologist.

"Top Ten Most Viewed Technologies" offers a quick look at some popular technologies. Users can click images to view details on any of the Top Ten projects, get a fact sheet, or read and post comments.

During this initial phase of TechPort's rollout, NASA users will only be able to access the website through the nasa.gov domain, and not from iPads or computers off the NASA network. The Office of the Chief Technologist will seek employee feedback on the website, and plans to make TechPort publicly available in the future. Users will be able to browse, search, track, analyze and report on the portfolio of technology investments being pursued at program and project levels, with the resulting benefits being the easy access to information about programs and project results.

Technology project data in TechPort was collected through an agency-wide data call for technology project information. This call was conducted earlier this year as part of the development of the Strategic Space Technology Investment Plan. Program and project personnel entered technology project data into TechPort, which was validated by NASA mission directorate/office representatives. Moving forward, TechPort will provide a venue for data owners to easily update technology project information, as well as the tools to conduct analysis and reporting on that data.

Employees are encouraged to visit the NASA TechPort site at: https://techport.nasa.gov

Mason Peck
Chief Technologist

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