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About This Site
The PDS User-Centered Design team supplies software design and development services to different segments of the diverse Planetary Data Systems community. In particular, the team:
  • creates new tools to help scientists and other PDS end-users find and utilize planetary science data
  • supplies archive-support tools to help the individuals and mission teams submitting data for archival within PDS
  • provides technical assistance to the various distributed archive centers that comprise the PDS
  • conducts user research to help guide PDS tool and interface development

Throughout its activities, the project emphasizes user-centered design principles and practices.

The tools found on this site are intended for use with Planetary Data System (PDS) data. They include:

The Volume Validation Tool is a tool that allows you to validate a single volume against the PDS3 standard. It works by using a Java applet to validate your data on your local file system then uploads the results to this server for presentation, filtering, and data mining.
The Table Explorer allows you visualize label metadata alongside a tabular data product and extract a portion of the data into a new file. It works by reading a published PDS3 attached or detached label file that defines a table, series or spectrum object. You can select and order the columns of interest to you and filter and sort the rows returned. The output is downloaded as a new tabular file, either fixed width or comma delimited.
The Image Explorer helps PDS users find and preview image data sets by browsing images on a map of Mars. Users start by searching for a named Mars location using a simple, Google-like search box, or by navigating using the map to identify a region of interest. Once a region is found, users can see overlaid footprints of all images located within the region, view and download image metadata, and plot associated data.
The LACE tools allows users to create and edit PDS4 labels. Users can select a root element for the label, and LACE will fill in the required and optional child elements. User can point and click to insert allowed elements, and fill in browser form fields to set element values. At all times the constructed label is structurally valid. Users can export the label to their local system at any point. LACE also incorporates documentation from the standards reference, and real-time error checking against the standard.
We encourage you to report any defects you may encounter in using these tools to the PDS User Centered Design Team and we will do our best to address these issues in a timely manner.