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June 07, 2010

NASA Data Requirements

A UM research scientist is submitting a proposal to NASA's Terrestrial Hydrology program to build and test snow sensors at the Station. Here is what I found in terms of data management requirements within the program:

(f) Meeting Geospatial Standards NASA pioneered the development of metadata and the accessibility and interoperability of space and Earth science data. When grants result in the development of data that NASA both identifies as geospatial and intends to distribute, then NASA awards will require that documentation (metadata) meet Federal Geographic Data Committee standards. NASA will assure that this documentation is electronically accessible to the Clearinghouse network (http://www.fgdc.gov/dataandservices/) and discoverable through Geospatial One Stop (http://www.GeoData.gov).

4.2 Data and Information Management
NASA’s space observation capabilities are a central part of the Agency’s contribution to Earth system science, along with the science information systems that compile and organize observations and related data for research purposes. The Earth Science Research Program has established a number of strategic principles for the development and deployment of its observing and information systems, recognizing the importance of providing active and informed stewardship for the large volume of data that are returned to Earth every day. The broad range of uses to which the data are put and the large and diverse user community require multiple temporal and spatial scales, emphasize the need for having a range of data products, and place stringent requirements on NASA for its data processing, archival, and data dissemination activities. These products and services will be variously useful to multiple classes of users, from sophisticated scientific users to other Government and private sector entities that use NASA’s information for policy and resource management decisions and including scientifically attentive members of the public who utilize data and information for general information and recreation.

NASA’s data and information management activities are described in NASA’s 2003 Earth Science Strategy at http://nasascience.nasa.gov/about-us/science-strategy/past-strategy-documents/earth-science-enterprise-plans. Three program elements in the area of data and information management are included in this NRA, only one of which is being solicited this year. The active element is Earth System Data Records Uncertainty Analysis (Appendix A.32). This program, solicited for the first time this year, provides support for in-depth analysis of the properties of long-term data sets, with a focus on detecting systematic error, better quantifying error, and properly attributing uncertainty sources. A second focus is to resolve known issues of such data sets. Resultant tool development is a third focus of the program. The two not being solicited are Making Earth System data
records for Use in Research Environments (MEaSUREs) program (Appendix A.33); and the Advancing Collaborative Connections for Earth System Science (ACCESS) program (Appendix A.34).



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