The Peer Review
All data formally incorporated into the PDS archives
must undergo a peer review. The purpose of the review is
to determine that:
- The data are complete (e.g., no
missing calibration files)
- The data are suitable for archiving
(i.e., of sufficient quality and with
enough documentation to be useful and
intelligible in the distant future)
- The PDS standards have been followed
Any problems identified during the review must be
resolved before the data are accepted into the PDS
The peer review panel will typically consist of the
- One or more representatives from the
- The node manager usually chairs the meeting.
Other node personnel may be there to address
questions about PDS standards, take notes or record
- The data preparer
- A representative for the group responsible for
preparing the data for ingestion is also present to
answer questions about the formatting and content of
- The peer reviewers
- Generally 2-3 people knowledgeable in the type
of data being reviewed, but not directly connected
with the project which produced it.
At the Review
For small data sets, it is possible to conduct peer
reviews by phone conference or even email. Larger data
sets, though, tend to be best dealt with in face-to-face
meetings. Prior to the review meeting, all people
involved should have received copies of the data sets
and labels, as well as any documentation and catalog
object files being included. Distributing this
information is the responsibility of the discipline
During a typical review each data set is considered
- Any problems or difficulties encountered by the
reviewers in the mechanical process of accessing the
data are noted.
- Reviewers are asked to comment on the archival
quality of the data.
- Specific problems and deficiencies are noted on
a list of liens, which is collected by one of
the discipline node representatives.
- A decision is made based on the recommendations
of the reviewers to either:
- Accept the data as is
- Accept the data conditional
on the resolution of identified
- Reject the data
- The results of the review, together with any
liens placed on files during the process, are
compiled and distributed to interested parties.
All recorded liens must be resolved before the data
are incorporated into the PDS archives.
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