The planetary data system

Lunar and Planetary Information Bulletin
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In the early 1980s, the Space Science Board (SSB) of the National Research Council was concerned about the poor and inconsistent treatment of scientific information returned from NASA’s space science missions. The SSB formed a panel [The Committee on Data Management and Computation (CODMAC)] to assess the situation and make recommendations to NASA for improvements. The CODMAC panel issued a report [1,2] that led to a number of actions, one of which was the convening of a Planetary Data Workshop in November 1983 [3]. The key findings of that workshop were that (1) important datasets were being irretrievably lost, and (2) the use of planetary data by the wider community is constrained by inaccessibility and a lack of commonality in format and documentation. The report further stated, “Most participants felt the present system (of data archiving and access) is inadequate and immediate changes are necessary to insure retention of and access to these and future datasets.”

Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title The planetary data system
Series title Lunar and Planetary Information Bulletin
Issue 150
Year Published 2017
Language English
Publisher Lunar and Planetary Institute
Contributing office(s) Astrogeology Science Center
Description 10 p.
First page 2
Last page 11
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