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 or access via telnet to the "spds" guest account at 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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