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Restricted Rights Software

Restricted Rights Software:

  • Is computer software
  • Is typically third party products
  • Is developed at private expense (not with government funding)
  • Is commercial or financial in nature
  • Is typically confidential
  • May embody trade secrets

Restricted Rights Software is not:

  • Technical Data
  • Software produced as part of a JPL subcontract
  • Software produced by a JPL subcontractor in deliverance of a subcontract to be given to us without restriction

Limited Rights Data is described in the Federal Acquisition Regulation Rights in Data-General, 52.227-14.

JPL does not typically affix the restricted rights marking.  Third parties, including subcontractors and Caltech, when they produce software that was funded at private expense, affix the marking.

The restricted rights marking can be used in conjunction with JPL markings.

Marking Language:



Title Page (Subcontractor Generated): This computer software is submitted with restricted rights under Government Contract No. ________ (and subcontract ________, if appropriate). It may not be used, reproduced, or disclosed by the Government except as provided in paragraph (b) of this notice or as otherwise expressly stated in the contract.
All Subsequent Pages: This page contains restricted information and is subject to the restrictions on the title page of this document.

Marking Placement:

  • Documents with distinct pages: The title page marking goes at the top or bottom of the first page of each document, and the subsequent page marking goes at the top or bottom of all subsequent pages.  However, with this lengthy marking, one can simply do a title page as in the table above, and have a shorter reference to it on subsequent pages.
  • Documents without distinct pages: The title page marking goes at the beginning and end of each document.

Handling Requirements:

Restricted Rights information should be treated similarly to JPL/Caltech Proprietary information.

JPL personnel must protect limited rights information from unauthorized access and use, including via physical or visual access, electronic access, oral discussions, and in mailing/shipping and storage of information.

In addition, third-party information (from NASA and other sponsors; partners; and subcontractors) that has restrictive markings (such as limited rights information) must be handled in accordance with the third-party’s written access and use restrictions.

Software with the Restricted Rights marking may be shared with other JPL employees and with NASA civil servants with a reasonable need to know without any further actions, so long as they comply with the limitations contained in the Restricted Rights marking text.

To grant access to Restricted Rights software outside the scope summarized above, a prior written agreement must have been made to protect that information. For more information, see Prepare a Nondisclosure Agreement (Rule 65192).


When left unattended, Restricted Rights software must be stored in a secure, access restricted environment. For example:

  • Electronic documents must be placed in restricted access location or be encrypted
  • Physical copies kept for reference or convenience must be shredded or destroyed via JPL Discreet Destruction


When sending Limited Rights information by mail, the document must be packaged in a sealed, opaque envelope or container with no markings to indicate that it contains restricted-access information.

Quoting Excerpts:

If you take an excerpt from a document marked Restricted Rights software, the new document must also be marked Limited Rights.

Changing the Marking:

The marking may be removed or updated only by the document author, or other delegated person. Check with the author (company or individual) or with the Contracts Management Section for additional information.


Asteroids, Comets, Meteoroids!

January 10th, 2017

Library staff can provide customized lists by topics.  All books can be accessed and downloaded from within the JPL network. They can then be transferred to mobile devices for later reading.  Our licenses with publishers prohibits redistribution, so if you would like to recommend books to your colleagues, please ask them to download their

Ebooks on Big Data and Data Science

January 3rd, 2017


SharedIt: A New and Legal Way to Share Articles

December 20th, 2016

Researchers and authors like to share articles with their colleagues from different institutions. But not every institution subscribes to the same journals, therefore access to full text may not always be available. Some people get around this problem by either emailing a static PDF copy or posting preprints to either their personal web page or their institution’s repository. Commercial publishers have been hesitant to open up access for fear of loss revenue, but researchers and institutions want to open up access to facilitate information exchange and broaden their impact.

After a 12-months pilot test, the publisher Springer Nature has come up with a solution call “SharedIt“. It is a special link that leads to an read-only PDF copy of the article. The recipient can read the article online, but can not download, print, or resend the article. This link can be emailed or posted on social media. In the example below, be sure to email or post the Shareable Link “







Journals that have this feature include:

  • Applied Physic
    Astrophysics and Space Science
    Autonomous Robots
    Boundary-Layer Meteorology
    Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy
    Climate Dynamics
    Climatic Change
    Current Climate Change Reports
    Earth, Moon, and Planets
    Earth, Planets and Space
    Experimental Astronomy
    GPS Solutions
    Journal of Electronic Materials
    Journal of Geodesy
    Journal of Infrared, Millimeter, and Terahertz Waves
    Journal of Low Temperature Physics
    Journal of Materials Science
    Nature Climate Change
    Nature Communications
    Nature Geoscience
    Nature Materials
    Nature Nanotechnology
    Nature Photonics
    Nature Physics
    Origins of Life and Evolution of Biospheres
    Solar Physics
    Space Science Reviews
    Surveys in Geophysics


2016 Year in Review: Science and Technology

December 20th, 2016

It is the time of the year again, looking back at 2016, what are some of the significant discoveries and achievements in the broad scope of science and technology? Following are what some editors and contributors think:

  • 2016, The Year in Science.
    • Nature Magazine’s special issue highlighting the special people, events, and discoveries that made a difference in 2016.
  • Breakthrough of the Year.
    • It is not easy to pick the most significant breakthroughs of the year, here is what Science Magazine says as a caveat: “…Many discoveries take years to catch fire; others seem exciting but never fulfill their promise. And even when something big happens in science, it’s not always obvious exactly when and where the “breakthrough” took place. “
  • 10 Breakthrough Technologies.
    • MIT Technology Review editors picked 10 emerging technologies that have a chance at solving big problems or opening up new opportunities.
  • The Biggest Scientific Discoveries of 2016
    • Gizmodo makes its picks here.
  • 2016 in Science.
    • Wikipedia has a different approach. Instead of a group of editors picking a short list, contributors to this article list events as they happen through the year.

Jan 18, 9:00-3:00, Mini Apple Day

January 2nd, 2017

OCIO will host a Mini Apple Day. Check back for more information.

Jan 17, 12:00-1:00, PP2B Seminar

January 2nd, 2017

The JPL Parents and Parents to Be (PP2B) group will host a seminar.  Check back here for more information.

Jan 12, 11:30-12:30, Open Developers Meet up

January 2nd, 2017

A series of five-minute demonstrations will be presented Thursday, Jan. 12 at 11:30 a.m. at the Hub, 111-104.

Hundreds of people at JPL are writing code to solve their problems through software. If you’re going to tackle a new software project, chances are good that someone at JPL has already considered, started or even finished work that will benefit you. Participate in rapid demos from developers around the Lab whose open work is accessible for you to use today.

Since the introduction of new collaborative development tools at JPL, a growing community of almost 1,400 JPLers have participated in sharing code across more than 4,100 now-accessible projects. From Mars time conversion libraries to flexible web-based JPL plotting and secure cloud-computing snippets, many common solutions are ready for your use today.

The meetup, co-sponsored by the Missions Systems and Operations Division (39) and the IT Directorate (17X), consists of a series of five-minute demos, each followed by five minutes of questions and answers.

Interested in learning more about open work being performed at JPL? Users can view previous presentations on JPL Tube via the Open Developer Meetup Channel or sign up to join the email list at


Jan 5, 11:30-1:00, Asian Board Games

January 2nd, 2017

(Cancelled)  The JPL Asian American Council (AAC) welcomes all to stop by the south side of the Hub to play or watch Board Games from China, Japan, and other Asian culture.