The Data Curation for Discovery (DCD) project within the Interagency Implementation and Advanced Concepts Team (IMPACT) focuses on assisting other agencies with using and integrating NASA Earth science data into their workflows. The DCD team also helps improve the discoverability of NASA Earth science data and other curated Earth observation data in trusted catalogs and platforms, such as Data.gov and GeoPlatform.gov, in support of NASA's commitment to making Earth science data accessible to research scientists and the general public.
Collaboration with External Partners
The DCD team actively collaborates with several external partners including Data.gov, GeoPlatform.gov, and the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP). DCD currently serves as a curator and maintainer of the climate-focused section of Data.gov. The DCD team also maintains the GeoPlatform Resilience Community web-portal, pictured below, that promotes the geospatial data assets from Data.gov's climate collection.
While some collaborations are ongoing, other collaborations arise to meet specific needs. For example, in 2019, the DCD team collaborated with USGCRP's Global Change Information System (GCIS) to add 54 new science keywords to NASA's Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Keyword Management System (KMS). These keywords were incorporated into the GCIS in order to tag relevant articles, figures, and other metadata resources from the National Climate Assessments (NCA), in order to make them more discoverable within the GCIS.
Through these types of sustained collaborative engagements with stakeholders, open government data will become more discoverable and accessible to a growing, multidisciplinary user community.
Supporting Other Agencies
The DCD team collaborates with the IMPACT Satellite Needs Working Group (SNWG) project to serve as a resource to other agencies in need of Earth observation data. This includes communicating data needs and concerns expressed from external government agencies regarding NASA Earth science data to the appropriate points of contact within NASA, and connecting agencies with the Earth observation data needed to meet their key objectives.
The DCD team also upholds NASA's commitment to the Geospatial Data Act of 2018 (PDF) by supporting the use of geospatial data standards, working with Geoplatform.gov to make NASA's metadata more discoverable and by collaborating with other agencies to integrate NASA's geospatial data into processes and workflows.