The wheels of change move slowly onwards. The Space Science Data System (SSDS) is the name given to the future NASA space science data management and archive environment. The space science data environment presently consists of an array of data, information, people, and facilities distributed over many sites, working together to provide a range of functionalities. In this environment NSSDC is the single permanent archive as well as the provider of various other services.
There will be an open meeting at NASA Headquarters on March 27, 1997, to discuss the future SSDS. Characteristics of this future SSDS consist of a higher level of scientific community involvement and leadership, outsourcing of functions when feasible, and economy.
It is intended that with the input from the attendees at this workshop, plus other recent input as from the 1996 Linsky Committee, NASA/Office of Space Sciences (OSS) will finalize plans for the SSDS evolution, and the future roles of NSSDC will then become clearer. Stay tuned!!
Erin D. Gardner, firstname.lastname@example.org, (301) 286-0163
Hughes STX, Code 633, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenbelt, MD 20771, U.S.A.