Criteria for Checking
Archive QualityA data set is suitable for PDS
- The data are relatively static over a
timescale of several years.
Note, however, that some special data
sets, like the asteroid identification list,
have new information added to them on a
regular basis. The existing data at any
given point, however, are static (i.e.,
asteroids do not, generally speaking, change
names, although new designations may be
- The data are not readily derived from
some other source.
A data set of orbital elements for
asteroids might be archival, for example,
but ephemeris tables would not, since they
are easily created when the need arises.
- The data are scientifically significant.
Shortcomings in documentation or hardware
problems discovered after the observations
were recorded, for example, may render some
data sets (or parts of data sets)
meaningless. Or, a later data set may
supersede the one being reviewed, in which
case an attempt is usually made to acquire
the superseding data set.
Questions regarding archival quality are best raised
and discussed during the peer review meeting.
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