Status Report

NASA Planetary Data Ecosystem (PDE) Independent Review Board (IRB) Self-Nomination Opportunity Released

By SpaceRef Editor
July 21, 2020
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NASA defines the Planetary Data Ecosystem (PDE) “as the ad hoc connected framework of activities and products that are built upon and support the data collected by planetary space missions and research programs, primarily those funded by NASA.” The PDE includes but is not limited to archives, tools, programs, projects, pipelines, and stakeholder groups.


The PDE Independent Review Board (IRB) will conduct a review of the Planetary Science Division’s (PSD) PDE with the goal of defining the full environment, identifying missing or overly redundant elements, and providing findings and prioritized, actionable recommendations for PSD’s long-term planning in support of the PDE.


The IRB will be comprised of members from academia, industry, Government, and the public. Member expertise will span the areas of project management, science, engineering, and the user base. The PDE IRB will be convened virtually over the course of three months in fall 2020 (estimate).


A third-party contractor independently will select the PDE IRB members and will issue any invitations to serve. NASA will provide the verbatim self-nominations to the contractor without comment or prioritization. It is anticipated that the third-party contractor will begin inviting members to serve in late-August and early-September. To submit a self-nomination, please visit: Signing up does not commit you to serve and does not prevent you from submitting responses to any NASA Request for Information.


If you have questions or comments, please email them directly to Rebecca McCauley Rench ( using subject line: “PDE Self Nomination.”



SpaceRef staff editor.