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MY NASA DATA Project scope statement

About MY NASA DATA

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is the sponsoring organization for the "Mentoring and inquirY using NASA Data on Atmospheric and earth science for Teachers and Amateurs" (MY NASA DATA) project. Specifically the MY NASA DATA project was conceived as an educational outreach project to augment the on-going NASA data and information projects that form the NASA Earth Science Research, Education and Applications Solutions Network (Earth Science REASoN).

Purpose of MY NASA DATA

The objective of the MY NASA DATA project is to support educational activities by reducing NASA Earth Science data holdings to 'microsets' that are easily accessible and explored by K-16 educators and students through its web site and associated lesson plans, computer tools, data information pages, and science glossary. MY NASA DATA goals include the desire to make NASA earth science satellite data accessible to a large community of users including students, teachers, and citizen scientists.

Collection Policy

Data and resources for the MY NASA DATA collection are chosen based on input from the Atmospheric Science Data Center community of scientists and educators and the MY NASA DATA development team. Resources are selected from the four primary areas of research covered by the Langley Atmospheric Science Data Center which include clouds, aerosols, radiation budget, and tropospheric chemistry. Global gridded datasets are chosen to provide global and/or time series climatology for educational purposes.

In addition, study of the Virginia and national standards of learning and local school system text books are taken into consideration when selecting datasets and lessons plans for the web site. The collection emphasizes data and tools to analyze it.

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Contact Information

Please contact the MY NASA DATA team (mynasadata@larc.nasa.gov) about any questions regarding resources or metadata of the collection.

Resource terms of use

MY NASA DATA includes directly developed resource content by NASA. Such resources may be used for educational purposes. Please include attribution to NASA. MY NASA DATA may include resource content from other entities as well. For such resources, resource copyright and terms of use are provided, if known. Otherwise such resources should be consulted directly for copyright and terms of use information.

Metadata terms of use

NASA metadata records are public domain as works of NASA and are subject to U.S. Code, Title 17, Sec 105 copyright law. Please refer to http://www.copyright.gov/title17/92chap1.html#105. DLESE may redistribute and reformat metadata records to work in DLESE systems and services.

Resource quality assurance

Only publicly released datasets are used by MY NASA DATA. Quality assurance of the data being subset into microsets is performed by the individual instrument science teams prior to inclusion in the MY NASA DATA web site. Quality assurance statements are available from the instrument web sites whose links are included on the MY NASA DATA web site.

Lesson plans are reviewed by the MY NASA DATA development team for scientific accuracy and educational applicability. Lesson plans are updated as needed by either the author or the team. The MY NASA DATA team has final approval for posting lesson plans on the web site following team approval.

The Atmospheric Science Data Center (ASDC) organization provides system administration of the web site and its contents and ensures that NASA security policies and regulations are followed in the generation of the web site and its content. If project support ends, continued maintenance of the site will be negotiated between NASA and the Atmospheric Science Data Center at Langley .

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Metadata quality assurance

Metadata for DLESE resources is generated by MY NASA DATA team members using the DLESE Collection System (DCS) instance to enter information describing the MY NASA DATA project and resources. Quality reviews and final approvals are conducted by the MY NASA DATA team.

Criteria for the DLESE Reviewed Collection (DRC)

As a NASA project, MY NASA DATA participates in the NASA Earth Science Education Product Review. Participation in this process allows the resources in the collection to be considered for inclusion in the DLESE Reviewed Collection (DRC). See the NASA review process as it relates to the Durces in the collection to be considered for inclusion in the DLESE Reviewed Collection (DRC). See the NASA review process as it relates to the DRC acceptance criteria. Annotation metadata records are used to indicate which of thurces in the collection to be considered for inclusion in the DLESE Reviewed Collection (DRC). See the NASA review process as it relates to the DRC acceptance criteria. Annotation metadata records are used to indicate which of the resources in this collection have completed the NASA review.

Persistence

Because of the historical nature of the microsets available through the MY NASA DATA web site, there is no expected point at which the data will reach an end of life condition. The MY NASA DATA project is in the second year of a five year grant. If funds are not available at the end of the five years, continued maintenance of the site will be negotiated between NASA and the Atmospheric Science Data Center at Langley.

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Last updated: 2006-09-06
Maintained by: Katy Ginger & Shelley Olds (support@dlese.org), DLESE Metadata