PDS4 – Some Principles for Agile Data Curation

Tuesday, 15 December 2015: 11:05
2020 (Moscone West)
John S Hughes, Daniel J Crichton, Sean H Hardman, Ronald Joyner, Stirling Algermissen and Jordan Padams, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, United States
PDS4, a research data management and curation system for NASA’s Planetary Science Archive, was developed using principles that promote the characteristics of agile development. The result is an efficient system that produces better research data products while using less resources (time, effort, and money) and maximizes their usefulness for current and future scientists.

The key principle is architectural. The PDS4 information architecture is developed and maintained independent of the infrastructure’s process, application and technology architectures. The information architecture is based on an ontology-based information model developed to leverage best practices from standard reference models for digital archives, digital object registries, and metadata registries and capture domain knowledge from a panel of planetary science domain experts.

The information model provides a sharable, stable, and formal set of information requirements for the system and is the primary source for information to configure most system components, including the product registry, search engine, validation and display tools, and production pipelines. Multi-level governance is also allowed for the effective management of the informational elements at the common, discipline, and project level.

This presentation will describe the development principles, components, and uses of the information model and how an information model-driven architecture exhibits characteristics of agile curation including early delivery, evolutionary development, adaptive planning, continuous improvement, and rapid and flexible response to change.