Fourth Annual Planetary Data Workshop Began Today

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The 4th Planetary Data workshop began today and will continue until June 20th at the High Country Conference Center, in Flagstaff. Attendees are in for a brain-stimulating, data-staking, information-receiving good time.


4th Annual Planetary Data Workshop

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The main topics will include, but not limited to,  planetary mission updates on new data and services,  updates on tools and services including those specfic to planetary data processors and users, and discussions on what’s ahead for planetary data.

Over 100 abstracts were submitted to this venue!

The chairs of the Astrogeology Science Center include Robin Fergason, Lisa Gaddis, and Chris Okubo. The workshops have been sponsored by the NASA Planetary Data System, the Planetary Geology and Geophysics Program, and the Regional Planetary Image Facility Network. LPI helped to set up and plan the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th workshops.

So what is the purpose and Scope of the workshop?

"The wealth of data now available for planetary research has created the need for new tools and capabilities for storing, delivering, and working with the data using cutting-edge methods. The goals of these workshops are to bring together planetary scientists, data providers from current and recent space exploration missions, data archivists, and software and technology experts to exchange ideas on current capabilities and needs for improved and new tools that can be used to address evolving needs in planetary research and data analysis. Encouraged topics include the availability of planetary data, including information on how the data are found, downloaded, processed, and used for cartography and scientific analysis; trends in data storage and rapid access; analysis and visualization tools using current and new algorithms and methods; hands-on training and how-to guides for acquiring, processing, and working with a variety of digital planetary data; and publicly available derived data products and services, including Geographic Information Systems, featuring data and tools customized for planetary data analysis."  Retrieved from: on 6/18/2019.