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Support of an Active Science Project by a Large Information System: Lessons for the EOS EraThe ability of large information systems to support the changing data requirements of active science projects is being tested in a NASA collaborative study. This paper briefly profiles both the active science project and the large information system involved in this effort and offers some observations about the effectiveness of the project support. This is followed by lessons that are important for those participating in large information systems that need to support active science projects or that make available the valuable data produced by these projects. We learned in this work that it is difficult for a large information system focused on long term data management to satisfy the requirements of an on-going science project. For example, in order to provide the best service, it is important for all information system staff to keep focused on the needs and constraints of the scientists in the development of appropriate services. If the lessons learned in this and other science support experiences are not applied by those involved with large information systems of the EOS (Earth Observing System) era, then the final data products produced by future science projects may not be robust or of high quality, thereby making the conduct of the project science less efficacious and reducing the value of these unique suites of data for future research.
Document ID
Document Type
Reprint (Version printed in journal)
Angelici, Gary L. (Sterling Software, Inc. Moffett Field, CA United States)
Skiles, J. W. (TGS Technology, Inc. Moffett Field, CA United States)
Popovici, Lidia Z. (Sterling Software, Inc. Moffett Field, CA United States)
Date Acquired
August 17, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1993
Subject Category
Documentation and Information Science
Report/Patent Number
NAS 1.15:112387
Distribution Limits
Public Use Permitted.
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