Data Distribution and Archiving Technology
Assist NASA projects and data systems in exploiting new storage technologies for archiving and data distribution. Evaluate emerging tools for distributing scientific and educational products via CD, DVD and the web. In past years this task has led the exploitation of CD-ROM technology by NASA missions and data systems, supported development of nearly all of JPL's multimedia CD-ROMs, supported development of the NASAVIEW and DataSlate viewing tools and participated in developing innovative web-based information systems like WebCat.
This task will work with NASA missions, data systems and scientists to evaluate and deploy DVD technology for space science archiving and distribution. It will also work with the Optical Storage Technology Association toward the development of cross-platform DVD file system standards and with the National Media Lab and other industry partners to evaluate DVD media compatibility and longevity. It will work with space science users customers to develop prototype products testing the utility of cutting-edge technologies for information distribution.
This task is "paving the way" for the exploitation of DVD technology by NASA missions and data systems. The use of DVD technology will eventually provide enhanced and novel multimedia applications for display and analysis of NASA's science data, with nearly 30 times the capacity of existing CD-ROM-based archival products. This will allow the ever-growing space science archive collection to be kept on-line for immediate access, browsing and use by the science community and the general public, especially the educational community. It is also facilitating the development of elegant yet intuitive access/examination capabilities, such as JPL's currently available DataSlate product, which provides fused multiple views of related gigantic, complex scientific data collections.
This task will work with the Mars Global Surveyor Project to develop a new type of comprehensive data product to support cross-disciplinary analysis and be a model for archiving data from future missions with integrated payloads. It will develop new data structures to store multi-resolution data sets and to be able to compare both raster and vector data types using the DataSlate tool. It will also evaluate media asset management software and develop an on-line resource of multimedia products from JPL educational CD-ROMs. It will explore DVD-Video for on-demand access to video collections (press conferences, briefings, presentations, scientist interviews) and prepare a JPL multimedia DVD-video title.
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