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Enabling Open and Interoperable Access to Planetary Science and Heliophysics Databases and Tools  

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 Call Abstract 

We are pleased to announce a Planetary and Space Science special issue entitled « Enabling Open and Interoperable Access to Planetary Science and Heliophysics Databases and Tools ». This special issue is linked to three scientific sessions held last year at the Japanese Geoscience Union Meeting (Session P-PS02, JpGU, May 2015, Tokyo, Japan), the European Planetary Science Conference (Session MT9, EPSC, Sept. 2015, Nantes, France) and the American Geophysical Union (Sessions IN33E and IN41E, AGU, Dec. 2015, San Francisco, California, USA).

The large amount of data generated by modern space missions calls for a change of organization of data distribution and access procedures. Although long term archives exist for telescopic and space-borne observations, high-level functions need to be developed on top of theses repositories to make Planetary Science and Heliophysics data more accessible and to favor interoperability. Results of simulations and reference laboratory data also need to be integrated to support and interpret the observations. Interoperable software and interfaces has recently been developed in many scientific domains. The Virtual Observatory (VO) interoperable standards developed for Astronomy by the International Virtual Observatory Alliance (IVOA) can be adapted to Planetary Sciences, as demonstrated by the VESPA (Virtual European Solar and Planetary Access) team within the Europlanet-H2020-RI project. Other communities have developed their own standards: GIS (Geographic Information System) for Earth and planetary surfaces tools, SPASE (Space Physics Archive Search and Extract) for space plasma, PDS4 (NASA Planetary Data System, version 4) and IPDA (International Planetary Data Alliance) for planetary mission archives, etc, and an effort to make them interoperable altogether is starting, including automated workflows to process related data from different sources.  

The goal of this special issue is to provide an overview of progresses in Planetary Sciences and Heliophysics interoperability frameworks, ongoing data management and distribution projects, and use cases of VO, GIS and SPASE applications with a focus on science activities and success stories.  

Special Issue main dates:
- April 11th 2016: opening of the submission process
- September 5th 2016: closing of the submission process
- May 31st 2017: end of review process and acceptance deadline   

Baptiste Cecconi (Guest Editor) 
Aaron Roberts (co-Guest Editor) 
Yukio Yamamoto (co-Guest Editor)

Related conference sessions



Conference Name

May 2015

Tokyo, Japan

Japanese Geoscience Union 2015 (JpGU-2015)  

September 2015

Nantes, France

European Planetary Science Conference 2015 (EPSC-2015)

December 2015

San Francisco, California, USA

American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting 2015 (AGUFM-2015)

Preliminary list of papers

AuthorsTitlePaper numberLink to paper (DOI or arXiv)Status
Baptiste Cecconi, Aaron Roberts, Yukio Yamamoto
Introduction to Special Issue  

VESPA: a community-driven Virtual Observatory in Planetary SciencePSS_2016_358

(DOI) 10.1016/j.pss.2017.05.013

(arXiv) 1705.09727

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Science data visualization in planetary and heliospheric contexts with 3DViewPSS_2016_277(DOI) 10.1016/j.pss.2017.07.007
(Open Access)

Alexis Rouillard, et al

A propagation tool to connect remote-sensing observations with in-situ measurements of heliospheric structures


(DOI) 10.1016/j.pss.2017.07.001

(arXiv) 1702.00399

TREPS, a tool for coordinate and time transformations in space physicsPSS_2016_320

(DOI) 10.1016/j.pss.2017.06.002
(Open Access)

Improving accessibility and discovery of ESA planetary data through the new Planetary Science ArchivePSS_2016_342 

Besse, et al. (ESA)ESA's Planetary Science Archive: Preserve and Present Reliable Scientific Data setsPSS_2016_341 

M. Barthélémy, et al (ESA)ROSETTA: How to archive more than 10 years of mission



Interoperability in Planetary Research for Geospatial Data Analysis
PSS_2016_289(DOI) 10.1016/j.pss.2017.04.004

Juno-Ground-Radio Observation Support ToolsPSS_2016_360online version (read-only)

VOEvent for planetary sciencesPSS_2016_279online version (read-only)

Planetary spectroscopy tools in the VO  
Virtual Planetary Space Weather Services offered by the Europlanet H2020 Research InfrastructurePSS_2016_343(DOI) 10.1016/j.pss.2017.04.020


3DView use case: In-situ detection of geysers during Cassini Enceladus flybys  
Europlanet tools and data in support of the Juno mission  
Ronan Modolo, et al
The LatHyS database for planetary plasma environment investigations. Comparison between MAVEN and Mars Express observations and simulation results - a case study.

(DOI) 10.1016/j.pss.2017.02.015

submitted version

R. Marco Figuera, et al.Online characterization of planetary surfaces: PlanetServer, an open-source analysis and visualization tool (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pss.2017.09.007)
PSS_2016_353(arXiv) 1701.01726

F. Poulet et al.PSUP: a Planetary SUrface PortalPSS_2016_285(DOI) 10.1016/j.pss.2017.01.016 

A Look Towards the Future in the Handling of Space Science Mission GeometryPSS_2016_245

(DOI) 10.1016/j.pss.2017.02.013

submitted version

The Planetary Virtual Observatory and Laboratory (PVOL) and its integration into the Virtual European Solar and Planetary Access (VESPA)PSS_2016_325

(DOI) 10.1016/j.pss.2017.03.014

(arXiv) 1701.01977

Description, accessibility and usage of SOIR/VenusExpress atmospheric profiles of Venus distributed in VESPA (Virtual European Solar and Planetary Access).PSS_2016_284

(DOI) 10.1016/j.pss.2017.04.022

submitted version

Quantin-Nataf, Cathy et al. 
MarsSI: Martian surface data processing Information System

Hughes, Steve, et al.
Enabling Interoperability in Planetary Sciences and Heliophysics: The Case for an Information Model

(DOI) 10.1016/j.pss.2017.04.005

submitted version