The NGA issued a press release on April 11. The goal for NGA, according to the release states that, "NGA hopes to reap benefits in innovation, creativity, and the power of a far-reaching community of programmers who approach the development of the program from different perspectives." Director Letitia Long commented, "it’s critical we identify more ways to be innovative, reduce costs and integrate efforts across the intelligence community and all of government."
An initial pilot project for GeoQ (other information on GeoQ is below), is underway through GEO Huntsville's GEOINT Working Group. GEO Huntsville is an economic development initiative started by Huntsville's Mayor Tommy Battle who stated that "Our initiative seeks to demonstrate how we can implement location-based technology and effectively distribute information to first responders and others quickly in the event of local emergencies."
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GeoQ, described as a "Django web application to collect geospatial features and manage feature collection among groups of users" based on Python.
GeoQ Chef Installer described as "Chef recipes and configuration files to install the 'geoq' app onto a Virtual Machine" based on Ruby.
According to the noticed placed on GitHub by the NGA:
The GeoQ and geoq-chef-installer software was developed at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) as a joint effort between NGA and The MITRE Corporation. The government has "unlimited rights" and is releasing this software to increase the impact of government investments by providing developers with the opportunity to take things in new directions. You can copy, modify, distribute and perform the work, even for commercial purposes, all without asking permission. NGA assumes no responsibility for the use of the software by any parties, and makes no guarantees, expressed or implied, about the software quality, reliability, or any other characteristic. The GeoQ software can be redistributed and/or modified freely provided that any derivative work bears the following notice: "Elements of this work contain GeoQ: The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and The MITRE Corporation jointly produced this work."