Cosmic and Heliospheric Data Evaluation Report Completed

Volume 11, Number 3, September 1995
By Robert McGuire
After a very extended process of review and debate, the final report of the Space Physics Division's Cosmic and Heliospheric (C&H) Data Evaluation Panel has been completed and released. The conclusions are in the end fairly simple (as a guide to priorities) but could have resource implications to the division, given archiving policies and practices over many years.

The report is prefaced with a summary (available directly on line via the World Wide Web) and includes extensive tabular materials and detailed discussion of the issues weighed and specific examples and recommendations in a variety of cases. A few overall conclusions of the report are as follows:

Members of the Data Evaluation Panel included John F. Cooper (Hughes STX, Greenbelt, Maryland); Paul Gazis (NASA/Ames Research Center, Sunnyvale, California); William S. Kurth (University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa); Alan J. Lazarus (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts); Frank B. McDonald (University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland); Robert E. McGuire (chair, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland); Ralph L. McNutt, Jr. (Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, Maryland); K. Roger Pyle (University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois); and Bruce T. Tsurutani (NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California).

The full report may be retrieved electronically (in "rich-text-format " [RTF] or PostScript) from the "SPDS-Related Reports" link from the Space Physics Data System (SPDS) Home Page (World Wide Web URL http://spds.nasa.gov or access via telnet to the "spds" guest account at ncf.gsfc.nasa.gov) or as hard copy by request to the author or NSSDC. It is expected that the SPDS C&H Discipline Coordination Team, headed by Thomas L. Gerrard of Caltech, will oversee updates and extensions to the report over time.

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