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Data Management Plan Guidance

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:

Common Instrument Interface

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.

Operating

Operating Earth missions actively make measurements and send raw data to operation centers that process the data and make them available for archive and distribution at Earth science data centers. Missions are designed to operate for a lifetime on orbit ranging from one to several years. This defines the primary operational phase of the mission.

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