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A collection of links related to space physics data.


  1. Data
  2. VxOs
  3. Software
  4. Services
  5. About
  6. Forums

1. Data

  • Global Ionospheric Radio Observatory
  • AMPERE Active Magnetosphere and Planetary Electrodynamics Response Experiment [1]
  • "The SPDF is a project of the Heliospheric Science Division (HSD) at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. SPDF consists of web-based services for survey and high resolution data and trajectories. The Facility support data from most NASA Heliophysics missions to promote correlative and collaborative research across discipline and mission boundaries."
  • "The basic philosophy, shared with the Virtual Solar Observatory and many other such projects, is to register data products from disparate repositories using a common language that allows searching across datasets, retrieving data, and performing analysis and visualization in a uniform way."
  • FTPBrowse
  • "NASA's permanent archive for space science mission data."
  • Ground Magnetometer Data and Data Products at Augsburg College
  • SAMPEX Data Center
  • SWRI Cluster PEACE high-resolution data system - "This web site provides plots of data from the ESA-NASA Cluster mission to support data browsing and event selection. The Cluster-PEACE Team have provided high time resolution PEACE data from all four Cluster spacecraft for that purpose. With approval from the PEACE PI, PEACE data may also be downloaded from here. Furthermore, the web site and underlying system design is compatible with the addition of data from other Cluster instruments."
  • and McMAC "Mid-continent Magnetoseismic Chain (McMAC) is a National Science Foundation (NSF) project that conducts research in magnetospheric sounding using ground magnetic field observations. We refer the methodology used in this research as "magneto-seismology", reflecting its similarity to terrestrial seismology and helioseismology."
  • CSSDP "The CSSDP is a secure data distribution portal for the Canadian GeoSpace Monitoring program (CGSM), involving six university and government partners that are each responsible for management, archival and validation of their own data. The CSSDP presents users with a seamless, single point of access to CGSM data, visualization tools, and value-added data products."
  • ISDC "ISDC's online service portal is an access point for all manner of geoscientific geodata, its corresponding metadata, scientific documentation and software tools"
  • "The British Atmospheric Data Centre (BADC) is the Natural Environment Research Council's (NERC) Designated Data Centre for the Atmospheric Sciences. The role of the BADC is to assist UK atmospheric researchers to locate, access and interpret atmospheric data and to ensure the long-term integrity of atmospheric data produced by NERC projects."
  • Space Weather Prediction Center's real-time data and forecasts
  • "The Space Physics Interactive Data Resource (SPIDR) is designed to allow a solar terrestrial physics customer to intelligently access and manage historical space physics data for integration with environment models and space weather forecasts. SPIDR is a distributed network of synchronous databases and 100% Java middle-ware servers accessed via the World Wide Web."

2. VxOs

  • HPDE list of Observatories
  • Another list
  • HELIO | ppt | ppt | ppt "The Heliophysics Integrated Observatory, HELIO, will deploy a distributed network of services that will address the needs of a broad community of researchers in heliophysics. HELIO will provide the most comprehensive integrated information system in this domain; it will coordinate access to the resources needed by the community, and will provide access to services to mine and analyze the data."
  • US National Virtual Observatory
  • IPY International Polar Year " The International Polar Year is a large scientific programme focused on the Arctic and the Antarctic from March 2007 to March 2009. IPY, organized through the International Council for Science (ICSU) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), is actually the fourth polar year, following those in 1882-3, 1932-3, and 1957-8. In order to have full and equal coverage of both the Arctic and the Antarctic, IPY 2007-8 covers two full annual cycles from March 2007 to March 2009 and will involve over 200 projects, with thousands of scientists from over 60 nations examining a wide range of physical, biological and social research topics. It is also an unprecedented opportunity to demonstrate, follow, and get involved with, cutting edge science in real-time."
  • ICESTAR "ICESTAR & International Heliophysical Year (IHY) - Interhemispheric Conjugacy in Geospace Phenomena and their Heliospheric Drivers High energy particles from space generate the Aurora and illustrate why the polar regions are unique places for space research. Throughout IPY scientists from 22 countries, using instruments on balloons, ships, spacecraft and the ground will investigate how plasma and magnetic fields from the Sun affect near-Earth space and our atmosphere, improving our understanding of the impact of space weather on satellites, ground-based technology, terrestrial weather and climate."
  • Virtual Space Physics Observatory (VSPO)
  • VMO/G Virtual Magnetospheric Observatory (at Goddard Space Flight Center)
  • VITMO - A Data Discovery System for Ionosphere Thermosphere Mesosphere Data "... allows the user to find previously unknown data sets as well as old familiar ones through a single, easy to use interface. Click on the button below to initiate a query of space physics data sets which integrate data, services and tools across many missions, data centers, agencies and countries and suggests related models to use with your data." ... "and provides data covering the Ionosphere Thermosphere Mesosphere (ITM). The ITM region is observed by ground based remote sensing instruments, satellite based remote sensing instruments, and in-situ satellite instruments. In addition, there are external drivers in solar radiation and the solar wind and magnetospheric particle inputs. A Virtual Observatory that covers the ITM region needs to deal with the large diversity of data types in the study of this region."
  • Virtual Solar Observatory
  • "The Virtual Solar-Terrestrial Observatory (VSTO) - a collaborative project between the High Altitude Observatory and Scientific Computing Division of the National Center for Atmospheric Research and McGuinness Associates. VSTO is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) in the Shared Cyberinfrastructure (SCI) division."
  • VSEO "The Virtual Sun/Earth Observatory offers a quick and easy method for visualizing and downloading SwRI's legacy data sets, primarily focused on the Sun and Earth."
  • SEDAT "The Space Environment Database and Analysis Tools (SEDAT) project is intended to develop a new approach to the engineering analysis of spacecraft charged-particle environments, part of what is also known as "space weather". Energetic charged particles and plasma environments can cause a number of problems for spacecraft. ... This project will assemble a database containing a large and comprehensive set of data about that environment as measured in-situ by a number of space missions. Thus the user will be able to select a set of space environment data appropriate to the engineering problem under study. "
  • "GAIA is a virtual observatory providing quick access to summary data from satellite and ground-based instruments that remote sense auroral precipitation. Data from riometers, All-Sky Imagers (ASIs), Meridian Scanning Photometers (MSPs), and satellite-based global imagers are included in GAIA. GAIA is the virtual observatory for Gloria and the Auroral Optical Network, both of which are elements of the IPY IHY/ICESTAR intiative."
  • "Welcome to the European Space Weatheri Portal, a centralized access to European Space Weather resources."
  • VGMO.NET and pdf
  • European Grid of Solar Observations (EGSO) "EGSO, the "European Grid of Solar Observations", is a Grid test-bed funded under the EC's Fifth Framework Programme. It addresses the problem of combining heterogeneous data from scattered archives of space and ground-based observations into a single "virtual" dataset. EGSO has also created catalogues of solar features and observation data to enable innovative searching, and provide visualisation tools for user-friendly data browsing."
  • "SuperMAG utilizes 3D vector measurements of the magnetic field obtained from ground bases magnetometers. Stations providing absolute measurements (e.g. Intermagnet Observatories) as well as stations providing relative measurements are included. SuperMAG is focused on the variations caused by electric currents flowing in the ionosphere and magnetosphere and hence subtracts the dominant and slowly varying Earth main field. SuperMAG does not enable the user to study the absolute magnetic field and hence could be referred to as a variometer initiative."
  • "The Virtual Energetic Particle Observatory (VEPO) serves the heliophysics data user community as a focus group component operating within the domain of the Virtual Heliospheric Observatory (VHO) for improved discovery, access, understandability, and usability of energetic particle data products from selected spacecraft and sub-orbital instruments within the VEPO Data Source Environment."
  • "The goal of the VWO is to make Heliophysics plasma wave and radiation data searchable, understandable and usable by the Heliophysics community."
  • - A space physics on-line analysis tool developed by CDPP - "One of the main goals of AMDA is to ease the management of time tables or event lists: with AMDA you create time tables by visual inspection or by editing a mathematical condition on data content; you can also upload/download time tables in simple ascii or more standardized xml VOTable format. The new feature of AMDA enables now to share your own time tables with the AMDA user community. These ‘shared’ time tables are directly accessible in the system to all users but also via a public page"

3. Software

  • "LANL*: Radiation Belt Drift Shell Modeling to obtain L* values quickly and accurately for real-time and reanalysis applications"
  • "OGSA-DAI is an innovative solution for distributed data access and management. OGSA-DAI allows data resources (e.g. relational or XML databases, files or web services) to be federated and accessed via web services on the web or within grids or clouds. Via these web services, data can be queried, updated, transformed and combined in various ways. OGSA-DAI is about sharing data, whether it be within a single organisation, between a group of partners or with the public. By sharing data we can identify, understand and exploit complex interactions between disparate variables and so convert data into information. This in turn can help us increase our scientific knowledge or our business advantage."
  • "The main idea behind ESSE is a flexible, efficient and easy to use search engine for data mining in environmental data archives. What makes it so different from conventional text-based search engines is that it actually searches inside the numeric datasets. With ESSE scientists will be able to find specific parameter values, conditions, and scenarios among the huge amount of available environmental data. ESSE will help you find useful data even if you don't know exactly what you are looking for."
  • contains a list of radiation-belt-specific software tools.
  • "JHelioviewer is a visualization tool for JPEG2000 images and movies. JHelioviewer makes it easy to explore the Sun! When you launch JHelioviewer, a sample image is loaded right away. Simply select a time range and instrument in the observation panel to access more images or to generate a movie. So far (June 08, 2009), all SOHO images from 2003 are available."
  • "Autoplot is an interactive browser for data on the web. Give it a URL or a name of a file on your computer and it tries to create a sensible plot. It was developed to allow quick and interactive browsing of data and metadata."
  • "PaPCo is IDL software for data visualization and analysis. It is modular, PaPCo modules built by various institutions and individuals plug into PaPCo core to provide data products. These modules provide graphic panels that are stacked on a time axis. About 60 modules exist, and 30 are supported as “core modules” that come with PaPCo. There are modules from 15+ spacecraft, including CRRES, Polar, Cassini and Cluster. Data from CDAWeb is plottable as well. The software is open-source, making it very flexible and well-suited for science use."
  • Developed as part of the NASA-supported ViRBO project. "VxOware is a content and data management system and is intended for use by a VxO or an entity that manages scientific data. In analogy to the VxO concept, in which data and services are united, VxOware unites software and tools for building an instance of a VxO in the Virtual Observatory network. VxOware has features such as system and user administration, interactive visualization tools, user-editable content, version tracking, and an integrated OPeNDAP server for data delivery."
  • "RAMADDA (Repository for Archiving, Managing and Accessing Diverse DAta) is a new development effort of the Unidata Program Center with the goal to provide an open and extensible data repository framework."
  • "Orbit Visualization Tool (OVT) is a software designed for interactive 3D visualization of satellite orbits in the terrestrial magnetosphere."
  • "DChart is a Web application that allows you to visualize and download in-situ and gridded oceanographic and atmospheric data from files or OPeNDAP servers. Features include an interactive map, an in-situ station layer that allows you to select data stations, and a plot window that allows you to plot data from one or more stations. Several in-situ (profile, property-property, and time series) and gridded (raster and Google Earth animations) plot types are supported, and users can interact directly with the plot to pan or zoom to a desired location."
  • "The Solar Weather Browser (SWB) is a software tool developed by the Royal Observatory of Belgium for easy visualisation of solar images in combination with any context information that can be overlaid on the images and that is space weather relevant.", for example "... a combination of an EIT/19.5 nm image with an overlay of CME detections by CACTus ..." and "... a combination of an EIT/17.1 nm image with a 14 degrees grid and NOAA active region numbers."
  • Services and Tools for Heliophysics Science Analysis
  • "Mission Independent Data Layer - web-based software for accessing and analyzing space phsyics data"
  • "The primary research objective of this group is the development of models and technologies that enable effective coordination and cooperation of distributed scientists, sensors, and other resources to analyze the sun-earth causal connection."
  • "QSAS is a software package which provides a flexible, extendable environment for the selection, manipulation, and display of space physics data. QSAS is written in C/C++ and is compiled using the gnu compiler set, and makes use of several elements of third-party software, including Qt (, cdf ( and PLplot ("
  • "The SKTEditor is a simple graphical user interface (GUI) application for creating and editing International Solar-Terrestrial Physics (ISTP)/Interagency Consultative Group (IACG) guideline compliant skeleton Common Data Format (CDF) files. The application is supported as either a Java Web Start application or as a traditional Java desktop application on a wide range of platforms."
  • "Madrigal is a robust, World Wide Web based system capable of managing and serving archival and real-time data, in a variety of formats, from a wide range of ground-based instruments. Madrigal is installed at a number of sites around the world. Each site controls their own Madrigal installation, and can add or upgrade their data from their instrument(s) on their site at any time. In addition to storing data in the standard Madrigal/Cedar format, each site can also add additional web-based documentation such as plots or descriptive notes to individual experiments they run."
  • "The goal of this project is to improve curation, sharing, and integration of research data. The project is developing: Open source data management software (Sarcomere), A conceptual data abstraction for relational data ("Sarcomere schema"), A data management protocol (THUMP-DL), Data exchange with interoperable schema sharing and mapping, Lightweight services for integrating user code into the system, and High performance computing integration"
  • "SciberQuest, Inc. specializes in providing advanced solutions to handle the most complex computational and data analysis facing the scientific world and industry. Some of our current projects include the development of (i) self-adaptive algorithms for modeling of complex, multi-scale problems, (ii) Peer to Peer collaboratory software, (iii) computational infrastructure for NASA's magnetospheric virtual observatory, and (iv) specialized codes for the Air Force including a first-ever, multi-resolution, 3D, parallel, object-oriented, electromagnetic PIC code capable of handling complex boundaries."

4. Services

5. About

6. Forums

  • "This group is for the discussion of SPASE metadata records. A group that manages high-level SPASE metadata (Person, Registry, Instrument, and Observatory) is called the SPASE Metadata Working Group (SMWG). Metadata records that have cross-VxO interest will be maintained by this group, rather than by a individual VxO. A secondary goal of this group is to normalize the usage of the SPASE metadata model."
  • "For announcement and discussion about VxO software tools."
  • spase at Discussion of the SPASE metadata model. No archive online.
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