The American Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, funds a lot of important advanced research, much of which has remained hidden from public view — until now.
The agency this week launched a new public website called Open Catalog, featuring a curated list of DARPA-sponsored software and peer-reviewed publications. The website aims to encourage those interested in DARPA's software and research to build upon the agency's work.
"Making our open source catalog available increases the number of experts who can help quickly develop relevant software for the government," DARPA program manager Chris White said in a statement.
"Our hope is that the computer science community will test and evaluate elements of our software and afterward adopt them as either standalone offerings or as components of their products."
At lunch, the site includes software toolkits and peer-reviewed publications from the XDATA program, which aims to develop "computational techniques and software tools for processing and analysing large, imperfect, and incomplete data." When you visit the Open Catalog site, you'll see two sections, one for software and another for publications.
If the research and development community shows interest, DARPA said it will release other software, publications, data, and experimental results generated by its programs, including Broad Operational Language Translation (BOLT) and Visual Media Reasoning (VMR).
DARPA said its computer science research has led to new advances in theory and practical software.
The agency sponsors fundamental and applied computer science research in the areas of data science, cyber, anomaly detection, and more.