Heliophysics Legacy Data Restoration

Thursday, 18 December 2014
Robert M Candey1, Dieter Bilitza1,2, Reine Chimiak3, John F Cooper1, Leonard N Garcia1,4, Bernard t Harris3, H Kent Hills5,6, Rita C Johnson1,5, Tami Kovalick1,5, Nand Lal1, Howard Leckner1,5, Michael Liu1,5, Robert E McGuire1, Natalia E Papitashvili1,5, Sharlene A Rhodes5,6 and D Aaron Roberts1, (1)NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Code 670, Greenbelt, MD, United States, (2)George Mason University Fairfax, Fairfax, VA, United States, (3)NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Code 580, Greenbelt, MD, United States, (4)Wyle Information Systems, Inc., Lanham, MD, United States, (5)ADNET Systems Inc. Greenbelt, Greenbelt, MD, United States, (6)NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Code 690.1, Greenbelt, MD, United States
The Space Physics Data Facility (SPDF <>), in collaboration with the National Space Science Data Coordinated Archive (NSSDCA), is converting datasets from older NASA missions to online storage. Valuable science is still buried within these datasets; scientific results uncovered by applying modern algorithms on computers with vastly more storage and processing power than were available when originally measured, and when analyzed in conjunction with other data and models. The data were not readily accessible as archived on 7- and 9-track tapes, microfilm and microfiche and other media. Although many datasets have now been moved online in formats that are readily analyzed, others will still require some deciphering to puzzle out the data values and scientific meaning. There is an ongoing effort to convert the datasets to a modern Common Data Format (CDF) and add metadata for use in browse and analysis tools such as CDAWeb <>.