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Public Domain Source Code

Source code developed by government employees is by definition "public domain", and therefore should be free, open, and easily available to all. To accomplish this goal, CDRH advocates that developers publish and maintain source codes in web-accessible software repositories. To promote the visibility and transparency of CDRH's computational research, developers are also encouraged to "release early and often" in accordance with open source software development philosophy. This approach creates a tight feedback loop between developers and testers or users, which results in higher quality software being developed more readily.

There are currently nine CDRH computational research projects where the source code is available through external software repositories. They are: