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PDS3 Tools

  • PDS NASAView A tool that allows examination and visualization of PDS3 data, including images, spectra and tables.
  • ReadPDS for PDS3 (IDL): A set of IDL procedures that allow easy read-in of most PDS3 data into IDL.

PDS4 Tools

  • PDS4 Viewer: A tool that allows examination and visualization of PDS4 data, including tabular view, plot view and image views.
  • ReadPDS for PDS4 (IDL): A set of IDL procedures that allow easy read-in of PDS4 data into IDL. The tool also provides a display interface to visualize some PDS4 data from IDL.
  • ReadPDS for PDS4 (Python): A Python package that allows easy read-in of PDS4 data into Python. The tool also provides a display interface to visualize some PDS4 data from Python.

SBN PDS3/PDS4 Data Reviewers

Minimum Required Feedback


Documentation

  • Does the dataset contain all documentation needed to use and understand its data without prior knowledge?
  • Is the provided documentation well organized, clear and self-consistent?
  • Can the dataset be understood without any external documentation it references, or should the information in said external references be incorporated into the dataset?
  • If reviewing calibrated data, does the documentation fully explain the calibration process and contain all necessary parameters needed to repeat it?

PDS Labels and Meta Data

  • Are the descriptions and scientific content contained inside the PDS labels sufficient to understand their corresponding data products?
  • Is all significant meta data included directly in the PDS labels?
  • Do the labels provide all essential description of data values directly in the label, instead of deferring them to external references or documentation?
  • Can the data be read programmatically using only the information contained in the PDS labels?

Data

  • Does the data look physically reasonable when examining it by eye or via a display tool?
  • When displaying the data as plots or images, are there any unexpected deviations?
  • Formulate a scientific inquiry and attempt to use the data to answer the inquiry.
  • If reviewing both raw and calibrated data, attempt to calibrate a raw data file.

Reviewers should remember that they are reviewing a PDS archive submission. All documentation, calibration observations and other ancillary information needed to understand and use the data should be present in the archive. Additionally, an important part of the review is ensuring that the label describes the data both functionally and scientifically. Please use either PDS Tools (see box on right) or other software written specifically to read the data according to the PDS labels for at least part of your review.


 

Example issues found by reviewers