NASA Needs your help, Librarians!

NASA is seeking information and recommendations on how to catalog the typed and written notes of Wernher von Braun, the famous physicist.  They recently released a “Request for Information” that details their project:

WASHINGTON — On the eve of the 40th anniversary of the historic first moon landing, NASA is seeking ideas from the public, academia, and industry about how to analyze and catalog notes from spaceflight pioneer Wernher von Braun into an electronic, searchable database or other system.

Von Braun was the first director of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., and a key figure in the development of the Saturn V rocket and NASA’s Apollo program. NASA has a full collection of “Weekly Notes” von Braun wrote during the 1960s and 1970s. These notes were used to track programmatic and institutional issues at Marshall, and are considered by many historians to be a valuable source of data.

NASA has issued a request for information and is looking for concepts that will provide an innovative resource for agency engineers and scientists, as well as researchers in academia and industry.

How about we librarians come up with a recommendation??  Anyone up for it?  Cape Canaveral is only a few hours away, so this project is in our backyard.

The announcement can be viewed here: http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2009/jun/HQ_M09-115_Von_Braun.html

More information and the RFI form can be viewed here: http://www.nasa.gov/directorates/somd/home/von_Braun_RFI.html

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