Welcome to the PDS

NASA’s Planetary Data Ecosystem Chief Scientist

NASA’s Planetary Science Division is seeking a highly experienced planetary science expert to serve as its Chief Scientist to represent the Planetary Data Ecosystem (PDE). The Planetary Data Ecosystem defines the broad community of planetary scientists, engineers, mission specialists, data providers, data users and planetary science educators who have interests in planetary missions and their data. The selected Chief Scientist will have a strong background in planetary science and serve as the liaison between the PDE and NASA’s Planetary Data System (PDS). The Chief Scientist will report to the PDS Program Scientist at NASA HQ.

The solicitation is open to the public. This virtual position will be served mostly remotely, will be part time and funded at approximately 0.2 FTE, depending on the details of funding arrangements. The position will be a temporary assignment, not to exceed three years, ending (at the latest) in fall 2024.

Candidates wishing to apply for this position should send their nomination package to Dr. Timothy P. McClanahan timothy.p.mcclanahan@nasa.gov. The due date for applications is October 29, 2021 COB EST. Position details and nomination package requirements are described here.

The Planetary Data System (PDS) is a long-term archive of digital data products returned from NASA's planetary missions, and from other kinds of flight and ground-based data acquisitions, including laboratory experiments. But it is more than just a facility - the archive is actively managed by planetary scientists to help ensure its usefulness and usability by the world wide planetary science community.

Archive submissions are prepared by researchers under the guidance of PDS personnel. All products are peer-reviewed, well-documented, and easily accessible via a system of online catalogs that are organized by planetary disciplines.

Archived products are available on-line. When needed, PDS provides users access to staff to help with data selection. PDS also provides a variety of tools useful in producing, obtaining and using archived data. There is no cost associated with acquiring PDS archived data or tools or in getting reasonable amounts of PDS help. All PDS archived data may be exported outside of the United States under the U.S. Government's Technology and Software Publicly Available (TSPA) classification.

To learn more about PDS and the nodes, go to About the PDS.

Below are links to important information for the various categories of PDS users.

Data Users (Researchers, Educators, Students and the General Public)

Data Users include researchers, students, and educators who are interested in obtaining, manipulating, and understanding PDS data products. They intend to locate data products, find tools to work with those data products, and understand how those data products are formatted and structured.

Some information in this collection may also be of interest to the general public.

Data Proposers

Data Proposers intend to submit a proposal for NASA funding, with the proposal including the intent to archive data in the PDS. The proposal might be prepared as part of a mission proposal, or as an individual researcher responding to a data analysis program call. A data proposer is looking for information on how to include PDS archiving in their proposal. A successful Data Proposer will later become a Data Provider.

Data Providers

Data Providers intend to submit data to PDS for peer review and subsequent archiving. They are looking for tools to develop their data products and archive bundles, and for documentation detailing PDS standards and bundle structure.