I’m a little obsessed with the story that broke yesterday about PRISM, the NSA/FBI project to gather information from popular Internet services, including Facebook, Google, and Apple.
So, naturally, I’ve been doing a lot of digging about the story on *.gov websites. In the process, I realized that the U.S. government loves the “PRISM” acronym. There are literally dozens of projects and applications named PRISM at the state and federal level, many with delightfully goofy logos. Here are some of my favorites.
Database of prospective reviewers for The National Endowment for the Humanities
Argonne National Laboratory project to develop infrastructure and algorithms for the parallel solution of eigenvalue problems
USGS project to understand global climate change
Apply for grants from the Washington State’s Recreation and Conservation Office
Climate analysis tool from the National Water and Climate Center
The Environmental Protection Agency’s database on all registered pesticide products.
NASA JPL’s airborne instrument for monitoring the ocean from UAVs
U.S. Dept. of Transportation program to register commercial vehicles
The State of Oregon’s workforce reporting system
The State of New York’s environmental effort to manage invasive species
Communicable disease data system for the State of Wyoming’s STD program
Dept. of Mental Health’s reports on hospital trends
National Science Foundation’s effort to fund STEM programs for undergrad students
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s system for managing large-scale protein data
Procurement software used across the federal government