Planetary Astronomy Late-morning Seminar for 2018-04-09

Series: Planetary Astronomy Late-morning Seminar
Date: Monday 09-Apr-2018
Time: 11:15-12:15
Location: ATL 1250
Speaker: Anne Raugh (UMD)
Title: An Introduction to the PDS4 Standards: Concepts and Consequences

The Planetary Data System (PDS) is a distributed archive of planetary data primarily from NASA's planetary exploration missions. NASA established the PDS in the late 1980s to preserve then-endangered data from its first planetary missions. The mandate to PDS was not merely to preserve the bytes, but to maintain the data and ensure its usability to future generations. After 25 years of operation under its original standards and system design, PDS re-engineered its entire software infrastructure and archive standards using contemporary, open archive standards and information architecture methodologies, producing the standards and support structure now known as "PDS4".

I will present a brief history of the PDS for the uninitiated, then present the core concepts and the new PDS4 Information Model and related standards in order to provide new users - which is effectively all users, now - with context and background for understanding what is in a PDS4 product label and archive collection, and why.

For further information contact PALS coordinator Dr. Matthew Knight at or (301)-405-2629.


Special accommodations for individuals with disabilities can be made by calling (301) 405-3001. It would be appreciated if we are notified at least one week in advance.


Directions and information about parking can be found here.

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