Introduction to OLAF
The On-Line Archiving Facility (OLAF) was designed to enable the scientist
to submit planetary science data for archiving in the Planetary Data System
(PDS) without specialized knowledge about PDS archiving requirements.
Why Submit Data to PDS?
Archiving data sets in the PDS makes them more accessible to the scientific
community, makes them available to NASA for mission planning and
development, and insures that they will be preserved, along with all
supporting information and documentation, for the use of scientists
many decades into the future. Data sets in PDS also receive a citation
as an electronic publication which will appear in reference services
such as ADS and can be cited by any scientists who use the data in
Before You Start
Submitting data to the PDS is a collaborative process between the PDS and the
data provider. Before starting to enter your data into OLAF you should
inform the appropriate PDS representative so they can help you with the
process as needed and arrange for the data to be reviewed and archived.
PDS representative to contact before beginning:
For asteroids, Carol Neese, neese <at> psi.edu.
For comets, Ludmilla Kolokolova, ludmilla <at> astro.umd.edu.
What is a "Data Set"?
This is special PDS terminology for a "package" of data products that are
closely related. If you have several groups of data that are not related,
you will want to submit them as separate data sets to OLAF. If your data
are all related or interdependent, put them in a single data set. (Some
data sets contain only a single data file with its supporting information.)
All data sets submitted to the PDS are peer-reviewed, much as would be a
science journal article. External reviewers are selected for each data set
to ensure that the submission makes sense, is usable, and is fully documented.
Peer review may result in a request for modifications and additional
information in the submitted data set and constitute liens on the data set
that need to be cleared before the data set can be accepted by the PDS.
For help with submitting your data set, see the OLAF Support
or contact the appropriate PDS representative