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The Computational and Information Sciences and Technology Office (CISTO) provides Information Technology (IT) and computational services to support the Sciences and Exploration Directorate (SED). This includes access to high-performance computing and networking, mass storage and information systems technologies, and computational science expertise. The Office also engages in a number of educational and outreach programs. CISTO is SED's interface with Goddard's Chief Information Officer and IT organizations in Code 700 regarding IT security policy, implementation, and services; Enterprise Architecture development and compliance; strategic IT investment planning and management; and implementing NASA and Goddard IT policies and initiatives to ensure compliance. CISTO also develops strategies to optimize cost-effective use of information technologies.


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606.1 -The Networks and Information Technology (IT) Security Group provides strategic network planning, services, and capabilities to meet the research and mission requirements of the Sciences and Exploration Directorate (SED) now and in the future.
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606.2 -The High-Performance Computing Group manages and operates the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS), one of the world's most powerful supercomputer and data storage centers.
606.3 -The Information Science and Technology Research Group performs strategic planning to prioritize information technology advances needed to enable science investigations and missions.
606.4 - The Scientific Visualization Studio facilitates scientific inquiry and outreach within NASA programs through visualization, such as videos and animation. The SVS collaborates with scientists to create visualization products, systems, and processes to promote a greater understanding of Earth and Space Science research activities at Goddard.

Press Releases & Feature Stories

NASA Visualization Explorer Now Available For All iOS Devices

The popular NASA Visualization Explorer app, first launched for the iPad in July 2011, is now available for the iPhone and all Apple iOS devices.

Nancy Palm - Witness To the Computer Evolution

After almost 37 years at Goddard, computer scientist Nancy Palm has seen computers evolve from filling an entire room to fitting in the palm of one’s hand.

Heating Up

Explore climate model projections of 21st century global temperatures in visualizations from NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio and the NASA Center for Climate Simulation.

NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio Wins First Place in Video Contest

The data visualization studio at NASA Goddard, was awarded first place for its video entry in a visualization challenge sponsored by the journal Science and the National Science Foundation.

NASA Maps Earth's Croplands from Space

A new NASA-funded effort aims to map crop fields worldwide, identify what's growing where, and determine whether it's irrigated or fed by rain.
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Code 606 is the Computational and Information Sciences and Technology Office (CISTO), the information technology (IT) office supporting the Sciences and Exploration Directorate.

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Dr. W. Phil Webster
Chief [606]
Nancy A Laubenthal
Deputy Chief [606]
Lead [606.1]
Lead [606.3]
Daniel Q Duffy
Lead [606.2]
Dr. Horace G Mitchell
Lead [606.4]
Heidi M Dewan
Office Coordinator [606]

General inquiries about the scientific programs at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center may be directed to the Center Public Affairs office at 1.301.286.8955.

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