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NASA's EOSDIS, Trust and Certification
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Author and Affiliation:
Ramapriyan, H. K.(Science Systems and Applications, Inc., Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Abstract: NASA's Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) has been in operation since August 1994, managing most of NASA's Earth science data from satellites, airborne sensors, filed campaigns and other activities. Having been designated by the Federal Government as a project responsible for production, archiving and distribution of these data through its Distributed Active Archive Centers (DAACs), the Earth Science Data and Information System Project (ESDIS) is responsible for EOSDIS, and is legally bound by the Office of Management and Budgets circular A-130, the Federal Records Act. It must follow the regulations of the National Institute of Standards and Technologies (NIST) and National Archive and Records Administration (NARA). It must also follow the NASA Procedural Requirement 7120.5 (NASA Space Flight Program and Project Management). All these ensure that the data centers managed by ESDIS are trustworthy from the point of view of efficient and effective operations as well as preservation of valuable data from NASA's missions. Additional factors contributing to this trust are an extensive set of internal and external reviews throughout the history of EOSDIS starting in the early 1990s. Many of these reviews have involved external groups of scientific and technological experts. Also, independent annual surveys of user satisfaction that measure and publish the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI), where EOSDIS has scored consistently high marks since 2004, provide an additional measure of trustworthiness. In addition, through an effort initiated in 2012 at the request of NASA HQ, the ESDIS Project and 10 of 12 DAACs have been certified by the International Council for Science (ICSU) World Data System (WDS) and are members of the ICSUWDS. This presentation addresses questions such as pros and cons of the certification process, key outcomes and next steps regarding certification. Recently, the ICSUWDS and Data Seal of Approval (DSA) organizations merged their Core Trustworthy Data Repositories Requirements and require that members be recertified every three years. Given the rigor with which NASA manages the ESDIS Project and the DAACs, the recertification through WDSDSA, while involving some additional work, is a relatively simple process.
Publication Date: Jul 27, 2017
Document ID:
20170007432
(Acquired Aug 11, 2017)
Subject Category: METEOROLOGY AND CLIMATOLOGY; EARTH RESOURCES AND REMOTE SENSING
Report/Patent Number: GSFC-E-DAA-TN44102
Document Type: Oral/Visual Presentation
Meeting Information: Earth Science Information Partners Summer Meeting; 25-28 Jul. 2017; Bloomington, IN; United States
Meeting Sponsor: Federation of Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP Federation); unknown
Contract/Grant/Task Num: NNG15HQ01C
Financial Sponsor: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center; Greenbelt, MD United States
Organization Source: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center; Greenbelt, MD United States
Description: 17p; In English
Distribution Limits: Unclassified; Publicly available; Unlimited
Rights: Copyright; Distribution under U.S. Government purpose rights
NASA Terms: EARTH OBSERVING SYSTEM (EOS); EOS DATA AND INFORMATION SYSTEM; CERTIFICATION; DATA PRODUCTS; DATA SYSTEMS; EARTH SCIENCES; METEOROLOGICAL SATELLITES; AIRBORNE EQUIPMENT; PROJECT MANAGEMENT; NASA SPACE PROGRAMS
Other Descriptors: EARTH SCIENCE; CERTIFICATION; EOSDIS
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