Please send me or circulate your thoughts about the issues that need to be addressed on this topic that should be built into the outline. This will be the basis for discussion during my presentation on this at the SBAG meeting in Pasadena on Aug 4.
Examples of issues on my mind are:
* Missions tend to strive for meeting minimum (and minimal) data production and archive requirements. This makes it more difficult for non-mission scientists to extract science from the mission. Part of the problem is that data product generation and archiving is a late phase activity, subjecting its (usually underestimated) budget to raiding earlier in the mission.
* Data products should be available in formats broadly usable by the planetary community. There is a tendency among instrument teams to create non-standard products suited to in-house analysis programs (diminishing external competition in the analysis of the data).
* Planetary research programs have supported the acquisition of large volumes of data sitting in the offices of researchers. Is PMDAP sufficient to encourage the archiving of this data?
* How should archiving of data from future research funded by planetary research programs be encouraged or required? Could part of the funding supplied by NASA to ground-based facilities such as IRTF be used to ensure that data generated to PDS compliant standards with required ancillary files automatically generated?
* How easy is it for researchers to find data archived in the PDS (or determine it is not there)? Are adequate tools and interfaces provided by PDS for the small bodies community?
Mark V. Sykes, Ph.D., J.D.,
CEO and Director
Planetary Science Institute
1700 E. Fort Lowell, Suite 106
Tucson, AZ 85719
This Author (Jul-2010)