The Planetary Data System (PDS) is one of four NASA organizations within the Planetary Science Division that works to ensure archived planetary science data and curated samples remain accessible to current researchers, and are preserved for future generations and protected against corruption, contamination, and loss. To increase interoperability and searchability across all archives, the PDS engaged in development of a Roadmap for the period 2017 to 2026.  The purpose of the roadmap effort was to outline a strategy for moving forward in planetary data archiving under the auspices of a rapidly growing data volume (nearly 1 petabyte at present), new computing capabilities, tools, and facilities, and a growing community of planetary science investigators.  PDS initiated this effort by calling for a Request for Information (RFI) from the NASA community (Click here to find responses received) on these topics:

1. Tools, resources, workflows, tutorials, and interfaces

2. Making the archiving process seamless, less costly, and more efficient

3. The role of PDS relative to other archiving alternatives (e.g., journals), in providing the public access to NASA-generated data

4. Integration of PDS data products and services with those of other facilities, e.g., the U.S. Geological Survey’s cartography program and the Minor Planets Center, and other products

5. The role the PDS should play in encouraging the development of higher-order data products

6. Appropriate improvements to the current search capabilities of the PDS

To move forward with this effort, NASA called for self-nominations from the planetary science community and formed a Roadmap Study Team (RST) ( RST members included: Amitahba Ghosh (Tharsis Inc.), Anne Raugh (UMD), Denton Ebel (AMNH), Edwin Grayzeck (Cornell Technical Services), Emily Law (Vice Chair, JPL), Flora Paganelli (SETI), Katherine Crombie (Indigo Information Services, LLC), Lisa Gaddis (Vice Chair, USGS/Flagstaff), Matthew Tiscareno (SETI), Ralph McNutt (Chair, JHU/APL), Renee Weber (MSFC), Ross Beyer (ARC/SETI), Thomas Stein (Wash U.), and Thomas Morgan (GSFC).

The team worked together from August 2016 to June 2017 and produced this PDS roadmap study report (in PDF). The report summarizes an assessment of the current state of PDS, highlights community-based findings, and serves as a roadmap for PDS operations as it evolves in the next decades.