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The purpose of a Data Management Plan (DMP) is to address the management of data from Earth science missions, from the time of their data collection/observation, to their entry into permanent archives.
The NASA Procedural Requirements (NPR) 7120.8 document states the requirement for a data management plan. Consistent with this requirement, for each of the Earth science missions, NASA Earth Science Division (ESD) requires the responsible projects to develop a DMP as stated in the Level 1 Requirement below:
To ensure uniform and complete implementation of the principles embodied in the NASA Earth science data policy, the following programmatic data system requirements have been created to be utilized in airborne mission Level 1 Requirements.
*** Note that these requirements are current as of 1 August 2011. ***
4.5 INVESTIGATION DATA REQUIREMENTS
4.5.1 SCIENCE DATA MANAGEMENT
The Common Instrument Interface (CII) Study Activity supports Earth Science Directorate (ESD) by identifying a common set of Earth Science instrument-to-spacecraft interface guidelines that will improve the likelihood that these instruments become hosted payloads on hosted payload opportunities. CII works with industry, academia, and other government agencies to analyze the interface trade space, which helps ESD understand the key drivers in the matching process.