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NRC Decadal Survey Recommendation for HP Data Systems, April 2014

In preparation for the revamping of HDMC activities to form a more cohesive infrastructure for a "Virtual Heliophysics System Observatory," we have extracted text to provide Decadal Survey recommendations for how to proceed with HPDE plans. In general, the Decadal Survey suggested a more integrated approach with less duplication across VxOs, etc. for data access, and with an increased emphasis on community tools for data analysis and for integration of models with data.

NRA Results Available for the HDEE, April 2014

Abstracts of winning selections for 2013 NRA (2014 awards) for the most recent Heliophysics Data Environment Enhancements (HDEE) call for proposals are now available. See also the complete list of such awards to date in the HDMC section of this website.

New Heliophysics Guide to Software Tools Initiated, May 2013

The "Software Tools" link above provides an initial effort to answer the call in the NRC Decadal Report for more Heliophysics access to software tools. The initial entries provide help with some standard formats, and pointers (with help) to some very useful software, much of it in IDL. The plan is to systematically expand this guide with input from the community.

NRA Results Available for the HDEE, January 2013

Abstracts of winning selections for 2012 NRA (2013 awards) for the most recent Heliophysics Data Environment Enhancements (HDEE) call for proposals are now available. See also the complete list of such awards to date in the HDMC section of this website.

NRA Results Available for the HDEE, January 2012

Abstracts of winning selections for 2011 NRA (2012 awards) for the most recent Heliophysics Data Environment Enhancements (HDEE) call for proposals are now available. See also the complete list of such awards to date in the HDMC section of this website.

Updates on HPDE activities, February and May 2011

Recent assessments of the progress of the HPDE and VxOs are contained in the February report to the Heliophysics Data and Computing Working Group on the status of the HPDE, and a progress report on VxOs to a Working Group of the Decadal Survey committee (May).

NRA Results Available for the HDEE, April 2011

Abstracts of winning selections for 2010 NRA (2011 awards) for the most recent Heliophysics Data Environment Enhancements (HDEE) call for proposals are now available. See also the complete list of such awards to date in the HDMC section of this website.

Data Center Senior Review Released, April 2010

The Heliophysics Data Centers (HDMC, SPDF, and SDAC) were reviewed along with the NSSDC by a Senior Review Panel in July of 2009. The HDMC Proposal to the Senior Review outlined a plan to complete the description of a comprehensive set of HP resources, continue Virtual Observatories as part of the HPDE infrastructure, provide Resident Archives to maintain mission data access after the mission is done, and upgrade existing HP data resources. The Report of the Data Centers Senior Review Panel basically agreed with the main points of the HDMC proposal, while making suggestions about the overall HPDE architecture. A brief reply to the Report from the Data Centers in large measure accepted the Report's findings, but clarified some points that were seemingly not well communicated in the proposals. Based on the Panel report, NASA HQ has instructed the Data Centers to proceed with their plans. There will be ongoing assessment of possible HPDE improvements based on the Senior Review and other input.

New NRA Results Available, February 2010

The ROSES 2009 NRA call for Heliophysics Data Environment Enhancements (HDEE), which included a call for Data Upgrades, Resident Archives, and Value added services, did not include a call for new VxOs, as it had in the past, as all major areas were already covered. The abstracts of the resulting selected tasks are now available. The main emphasis was on Data Upgrades and Resident Archives, although a couple of Value Added service proposals were funded.

New Version of Data Policy Released 12 April 2009

The draft changes of the Data Policy were extensively reviewed by the Heliophysics Data and Computing Working Group and a number of other community members. The draft was advertised for comment in community newsletters, as well as in an AGU talk. The resulting document (pdf version) is now available.

New Draft Data Policy Released for Comment, 4 November 2008

The HP Data Policy as originally released lacked details such as what would become of VxOs after their initial funding period and it was vague about the nature of Final Archives and their relationship to Mission and Resident Archives. A draft of the Data Policy that contains answers to these concerns was made available for comment. Of particular importance were Appendix F that defines HP archives, and Appendix G that is the charter for the HDMC. Most of the other changes in the document are related to the ideas in these appendices.

Heliophysics Data and Model Consortium (HDMC) kickoff meeting, 10-12 June 2008

The VOs, RAs, and related data projects have a new umbrella organization, the HDMC, that will be responsible for the cross-mission and post-mission serving of HP data.  The Implementation Working Group, consisting of representatives of all the constituent groups, had an initial, formative meeting on 10-12 June at UMBC in Baltimore, MD.  Each of the VxOs presented their visions and plans, and there was discussion of topics of mutual interest, including SPASE registries, a possible SPASE Query Language, and the role of Resident and other Archives.   The idea of the HDMC is endorsed by the HP Data and Computing Working Group, and this meeting brought general acceptance by the participants.  Many of the presentations from the meeting can be found here.

Results of NRA for VxOs, Services, RAs, and Data Upgrades published, June 2008

The selections based on the 2007 NASA ROSES call for proposals are now finalized. There was one addition to the VxOs, the Virtual Wave Observatory (VWO), which will be closely associated with VHO, and the Virtual Model Repository (VMR) was given regular funding. There were five proposals for value-added services funded, notably one to help manage event lists and one to include auroral image data in a "VO" that unites ground-based magnetometer stations. In addition, there were five proposals accepted for Data Service Upgrades to improve the utility and accessibility of various particular data products. New this year, six Resident Archive proposals were accepted, for missions including Yohkoh, SOHO, POLAR, TRACE, and SNOE.  Read the complete set of abstracts of winning awards.

The next round of VxO, Service, and Data Upgrades selected for the NASA HP VxO program, July 2007

The previous round of VxO selections are now all funded, and the competition based on the 2006 NASA ROSES call for proposals is now complete. There were two additions to the VxOs, the Virtual Energetic Particle Observatory (VEPO), which will be closely associated with VHO, and the Virtual Model Repository (VMR) which will begin to explore how modeling will be incorporated into the VO architecture. There were two proposals for value-added services that were funded, one for an enhancement to VSO and the other to develop what is needed for uniform access to the parameters in files for the use of tools that can span products easily. In addition, there were nine proposals accepted for Data Service Upgrades to improve the utility and accessibility of various particular data products. Read the complete set of abstracts of winning awards.

VO, SPASE workshops held, June/July 2007

A workshop was held 12-15 June 2007 that involved a very broad discussion of the issues involved in "Virtual Observatories in Geophysics" VOiG. On 11 June, the NASA VxOs (and friends including GAIA and VSTO) met to exchange status reports and to further discussions of cross-VxO issues.

A meeting of the SPASE group was held in Abingdon, UK on 9-11 July 2007. It advanced the SPASE Data Model considerably. As a result of the meeting, the Resource Types of Software, Document, Service, and Model will be worked on by various subgroups and eventually added to the model. There was considerable discussion of the great importance of and the possibilities for international collaboration, and this will be a continuing theme. Presentations from the SPASE meeting can be found here.


NASA selects new discipline specific Virtual Observatories (VxO's);
Kickoff and related meetings held, May 2006

The next phase of NASA's Heliophysics Data Environment has begun with the selection of a set of five (mostly new) VxOs to add to the established Virtual Solar Observatory. A number of small projects were also selected to provide data service upgrades for specific datasets. The three year VxO projects are the: Virtual Heliospheric Observatory (VHO, Adam Szabo, PI); Virtual Magnetospheric Observatory (VMO, Jan Merka, PI); Virtual Magnetospheric Observatory (a second VMO, Raymond Walker, PI); Virtual Radiation Belt Observatory (ViRBO, Robert Weigel, PI); and Virtual Ionosphere, Thermosphere, Mesosphere Observatory (VITMO, Daniel Morrison, PI). This set of VxOs, along with various ongoing efforts (see the Data Access link above) and collaborations with other agencies and countries, will bring us to the next level of realization of the plans outlined in the Workshop discussed below.

Read the complete set of winning proposal abstracts for both the VxOs and the data service upgrades.

A kickoff meeting was held on 22 May 2006 in Baltimore that involved the new VxOs along with the more established VSO, VSPO, GAIA, CoSEC, and SPDF (see below for information and and links). The agenda and presentations from that meeting are all available.

At the AGU meeting following the kickoff meeting, a special session was held on "The Science Needs for the Data Environment of the Great Observatory" and many papers from this session are available that should help VxO designers in their work. Also, the Friday of the VxO kickoff week, a workshop was held on the use of "Ontologies" to capture and use the meaning and relationships of the terms used in Earth and Space Science. A summary with links to papers is now online.

Space and Solar Physics Virtual Observatories Workshop, October 2004

To help the space and solar physics community arrive at a clear plan for its data environment, NASA's Living With a Star Program sponsored a multi-agency, international workshop on October 27-29, 2004 at the Marriott Hotel in Greenbelt, MD. The idea of this workshop was endorsed by the Virtual Observatories Birds-of-a-Feather meeting at the Fall 2003 AGU meeting, and by NASA's Sun-Earth Connection Data and Computing Working Group. About 100 people attended, representing many of the major efforts within space and solar physics as well as related Earth Science and Astronomy groups.

Read the complete first announcement.  Most of the time was spent in focus and plenary working groups, but there were invited presentations, and many posters which were up for the whole meeting. A near final agenda and suggestions for the focus groups is still available.

Oral Talks and Posters from the workshop are posted at this link.

A summary of the workshop findings is contained in the downloadable workshop report "A Framework for Space and Solar Physics Virtual Observatories." (Or get the PDF version.)

The present site has many background documents for the workshop. If you have something you would like to post, send it to aaron.roberts@nasa.gov.
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