Metadata Collections & QA

NASA Scientific Visualization Studio Scope Statement

Document purpose

This document describes the scope of the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio (SVS). The purpose of this scope statement is to provide the National Science Digital Library (NSDL) and the Digital Library for Earth System Education (DLESE) a description of SVS':

This scope statement is provided in order to assist users in determining if the SVS is a likely place to successfully find materials they need.

Mission and scope statement

The mission and scope of the Scientific Visualization Studio is to facilitate scientific inquiry and outreach within NASA programs through visualization. To that end, the SVS works closely with scientists in the creation of visualization products, systems, and processes in order to promote a greater understanding of Earth and Space Science research activities at Goddard Space Flight Center and within the NASA research community. The work of the SVS is organized into several large projects supporting particular NASA programs and missions.

The scientific visualizations are primarily produced from data collected by satellites in orbit around Earth or from computer simulations of geophysical phenomena using such data. The visualizations show physical phenomena that occur on Earth, other planets, and the sun. The visualizations focus on natural events such as hurricanes, fires, and floods, virtual zooms and flybys of cities and interesting geographic areas of Earth and Mars, and daily, seasonal, annual, or decadal variations of snow, sea ice, ozone, sea surface temperature, aerosols, land cover, and ocean productivity.

Collection contacts

Please direct questions about the SVS to Inquiries are answered as soon as possible.

Quality assurance

The resources made accessible via the SVS collection adhere to the requirements of a DLESE collection. The metadata records are generated by SVS staff and are reviewed for meeting minimum DLESE metadata requirements, spelling and data integrity. If users of the collection find errors or have suggestions for improvement for either the resources in the collection or for the metadata of the collection, SVS will consider the suggestions and make changes as appropriate.

Persistence plan

The collection is expected to continue growing and to exist indefinitely as long as funding is reliable. If the SVS collection funding situation changes dramatically enough to impact operations, the SVS will contact DLESE and make arrangements to continue to make the SVS resources accessible.

Terms of use

For the SVS, terms of use issues have two components, a resource's terms of use and metadata terms of use.

The SVS attempts to provide a statement of copyright information or information on how a resource may be used is provided. Library users are encouraged to read the copyright information or go directly to the cataloged resource to obtain the latest copyright and terms of use for a resource. In general, NASA text, images and materials, including metadata, are typically not copyrighted. Please refer to:

SVS 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 Individual metadata records are available for harvest from SVS.


Last updated: 12-11-03
Maintained by: Katy Ginger (, DLESE Metadata