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Exposing the Strategies that Can Reduce the Obstacles: Improving the Science User Experience
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Author and Affiliation:
Lindsay, Francis E.(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Brennan, Jennifer(Adnet Systems, Inc., Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Behnke, Jeanne(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Lynnes, Chris(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Abstract: It is now well established that pursuing generic solutions to what seem are common problems in Earth science data access and use can often lead to disappointing results for both system developers and the intended users. This presentation focuses on real-world experience of managing a large and complex data system, NASAs Earth Science Data and Information Science System (EOSDIS), whose mission is to serve both broad user communities and those in smaller niche applications of Earth science data and services. In the talk, we focus on our experiences with known data user obstacles characterizing EOSDIS approaches, including various technological techniques, for engaging and bolstering, where possible, user experiences with EOSDIS. For improving how existing and prospective users discover and access NASA data from EOSDIS we introduce our cross-archive tool: Earthdata Search. This new search and order tool further empowers users to quickly access data sets using clever and intuitive features. The Worldview data visualization tool is also discussed highlighting how many users are now performing extensive data exploration without necessarily downloading data. Also, we explore our EOSDIS data discovery and access webinars, data recipes and short tutorials, targeted technical and data publications, user profiles and social media as additional tools and methods used for improving our outreach and communications to a diverse user community. These efforts have paid substantial dividends for our user communities by allowing us to target discipline specific community needs. The desired take-away from this presentation will be an improved understanding of how EOSDIS has approached, and in several instances achieved, removing or lowering the barriers to data access and use. As we look ahead to more complex Earth science missions, EOSDIS will continue to focus on our user communities, both broad and specialized, so that our overall data system can continue to serve the needs of science and applications users.
Publication Date: Dec 11, 2017
Document ID:
20170012172
(Acquired Jan 03, 2018)
Subject Category: GEOSCIENCES (GENERAL)
Report/Patent Number: GSFC-E-DAA-TN50129
Document Type: Oral/Visual Presentation
Meeting Information: AGU Fall Meeting; 11-15 Dec. 2017; New Orleans, LA; United States
Meeting Sponsor: American Geophysical Union; Washington, DC, United States
Contract/Grant/Task Num: 80GSFC17C0
Financial Sponsor: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center; Greenbelt, MD, United States
Organization Source: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center; Greenbelt, MD, United States
Description: 10p; In English
Distribution Limits: Unclassified; Publicly available; Unlimited
Rights: Copyright; Public use permitted
NASA Terms: EOS DATA AND INFORMATION SYSTEM; DATA SYSTEMS; EARTH SCIENCES; COMPLEX SYSTEMS; WEB SERVICES; ON-LINE SYSTEMS; SCIENTIFIC VISUALIZATION; METADATA; NASA PROGRAMS; INFORMATION SYSTEMS
Other Descriptors: EDUCATION AND PUBLIC OUTREACH; USER SUPPORT; EOSDIS; COMMUNICATIONS
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