Planetary Data Workshop

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 Planetary Data: Workshops for Users and Software Developers 

Purpose and Scope: 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. This year we’re proud to co-host the annual NASA Planetary Geologic Mappers Meeting.

The Planetary Geologic Mappers annual meeting primarily supports NASA-funded principal investigators who are currently developing geological map products to discuss the status of mapping tasks and to obtain guidance for the map publication process. Other scientists and students interested in planetary cartography, geological mapping, and map-related topical science are also encouraged to attend.

3nd Data Workshop (June 12-15, 2017): 2017 Agenda and Presentations 

LPI hosted abstracts


2nd Data Workshop (2015): 2015 Agenda and Presentations (individual days are listed across top of agenda page).

Draft Abstract Volume | (LPI hosted abstracts)


1st Data Workshop (2012): 2012 Agenda and Presentations (individual days are listed across top of agenda page).

Published Abstract Volume


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 workshop.


Next Workshop

  • June 12-15, 2017, Flagstaff AZ.


Lisa Gaddis and Trent Hare, USGS

David William (PGM), Arizona State University