ESO Document List

Community-reviewed documents

Documents in this list have undergone a community review and ESDIS approval process.

Document Title Technology Area Number Document Type Resource Type Review Status Recommendation
Charter of the ESDS Standards Process Group Process ESDS-RFC-001 Administrative Document Technical Note Final Deprecated
The ESDS Standards Process Process ESDS-RFC-002 Administrative Document Process Final Deprecated
Instructions to RFC Authors Process ESDS-RFC-003 Administrative Document Technical Note Final Approved
The Data Access Protocol – DAP 2.0 Discovery & Access ESDS-RFC-004 Standard/Convention Specification Final Approved
OpenGIS ® Web Map Service Version 1.3 Discovery & Access ESDS-RFC-005 Standard Technical Note Final Approved
OpenGIS ® Web Map Service Version 1.1.1 Discovery & Access ESDS-RFC-006 Standard Specification Final Approved
HDF 5 Data Format ESDS-RFC-007 Standard/Convention Specification Final Approved
HDF EOS 5 Data Format ESDS-RFC-008 Standard/Convention Specification Final Approved
HDF 4 Data Format Legacy Standard/Convention Specification Final Deprecated / Not recommended for new missions, see HDF 5
HDF EOS 2 Data Format Legacy Standard/Convention Specification Final Deprecated / Not recommended for new missions, see HDF EOS 5
Aura Guidelines Technical Note Data Format ESDS-RFC-009 Suggested Practice
Technical Note Final Approved
Backtrack Orbit Search Algorithm Technical Note Discovery & Access ESDS-RFC-010 Suggested Practice Technical Note Final Deprecated
NetCDF Classic Data Format ESDS-RFC-011 Standard/Convention Specification Final Approved
GCMD Directory Interchange Format (DIF) Metadata ESDS-RFC-012 Standard/Convention Specification Final Approved
GCMD Service Entry Resource Format (SERF) Metadata ESDS-RFC-013 Standard/Convention Specification Final Deprecated
Interoperability between OGC CS/W and WCS Protocols Metadata ESDS-RFC-014 Suggested Practice Technical Note Final Deprecated
Provenance within Data Interoperability Standards Metadata ESDS-RFC-015 Suggested Practice Technical Note Final Deprecated
Lessons Learned Regarding WCS Server Design and Implementation Discovery & Access ESDS-RFC-016 Lessons Learned Technical Note Final Deprecated
Mapping HDF5 to DAP2 Data Format ESDS-RFC-017 Suggested Practice Technical Note Final Approved
Creating File Format Guidelines: The Aura Experience Data Format ESDS-RFC-018 Lessons Learned Technical Note Final Approved
International Consortium for Atmospheric Research on Transport and Transformation (ICARTT) File Format Standards Data Format ESDS-RFC-019 Standard/Convention Specification Final Deprecated
ECHO Metadata Standard Metadata ESDS-RFC-020 Standard/Convention Specification Final Approved
NetCDF Climate and Forecast (CF) Metadata Conventions Metadata ESDS-RFC-021 Standard/Convention Specification Final Approved
NetCDF-4/HDF5 File Format Data Format ESDS-RFC-022 Standard/Convention Specification Final Approved
Updates to GCMD Directory Interchange Format (DIF) Metadata ESDS-RFC-023 Standard/Convention Specification Final Approved
Process for Earth Science Data Systems Standards and References Process ESDS-RFC-024 Administrative Document Process Final Approved
CEOS OpenSearch Discovery & Access ESDS-RFC-025 Suggested Practice Technical Note Final Approved
Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. OpenGIS ® KML Data Format ESDS-RFC-026 Standard Specification Final Approved
ASCII File Format Guidelines Data Format ESDS-RFC-027 Standard/Convention Technical Note Final Approved
Dataset Interoperability Recommendations for Earth Science Data Data Format, Metadata, Data Usability ESDS-RFC-028 Suggested Practice Technical Note Final Approved
ICARTT Format Standards V2.0 Data Format ESDS-RFC-029 Standard/Convention Specification Final Approved
Polling with Delivery Record (PDR) Mechanism Discovery & Access ESDS-RFC-030 Standard/Convention Specification Final Approved
Data Management Plan Template for DAACs Process ESDS-RFC-031 Suggested Practice Technical Note Final Approved
Data Quality Working Group Recommendations for the Data Management Plan Template for Data Producers Process ESDS-RFC-032 Convention Technical Note Final Approved
Data Quality Working Group’s Comprehensive Recommendations for Data Producers and Distributors Data Quality ESDS-RFC-033 Suggested Practice Technical Note Final Approved
High-Priority Data Quality Recommendations for Data Producers and Distributors Data Quality ESDS-RFC-034 Suggested Practice Technical Note Final Approved
ISO 19115 Geographic Metadata Standard - Implementation Requirement and Guidance Metadata 423-ESO-035 Suggested Practice Technical Note Final Approved
Dataset Interoperability Recommendations for Earth Science: Part 2 Data Format, Metadata, Data Usability ESDS-RFC-036 Suggested Practice Technical Note Final Approved
Search Relevance Recommendations for Earth Science Discovery & Access ESDS-RFC-037 Suggested Practice Technical Note Final Approved
YAML Encoding ASCII format for GRACE/GRACE-FO mission Data Data Format ESDS-RFC-038 Convention Technical Note Final Approved
Reuse Readiness Assessment of Data Quality Software Products Process ESDS-RFC-039 Lessons Learned Technical Note Final Approved
GeoTIFF File Format Data Format ESDS-RFC-040 Standard/Convention Specification Final Approved
Data Product Development Guide for Data Producers Data Format, Metadata, Data Usability ESDS-RFC-041 Suggested Practice Technical Note Final Approved

ESO Publications

Documents in this list have been published by ESO without community review. They are meant to provide new information or to augment existing documents.

Document Title Technology Area Number Document Type Resource Type
Quick Start Guide to the EOSDIS Data Product Development Guide for Data Producers Data Format, Metadata, Data Usability ESO-PUB-001 Suggested Practice Technical Note

NASA Internal Analysis Ready Data (ARD) Workshop Report
(Virtual Workshop held on November 20, 2020)

Data Usability ESO-PUB-002 Informational Document Technical Note

Definitions of Terms

Document Types


  • Standard—specification approved by a recognized standards body such as Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), International Organization for Standardization (ISO), Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF®)
  • Convention—specification in common use among some members of the NASA ESDS community
    • In practice, Standard and Convention are often used interchangeably.
  • Suggested Practice—guidance on how to apply a particular standard or convention within the NASA ESDS community
  • Lessons Learned—document describing the use of software, protocols or processes that may be helpful to others
  • Administrative Document—used to manage the standards process.
  • Informational Document—used to publish information relevant to the NASA ESDS community

Resource Types


  • Software—library or toolkit available for use
  • Specification—document describing a format or protocol in sufficient detail that it can be independently implemented in software
  • Process—steps that can be followed to reach a desired result
  • Technical Note—other technical document of interest to the community

Technology Area

  • Data Format
  • Metadata
  • Discovery and Access
  • Data Quality
  • Data Usability
  • Process

Review Status

Defines current position in the standards review process:

  • Legacy—formal review has been bypassed for a legacy standard in common usage
  • Monitoring—up and coming technology to watch, not yet described in an RFC
  • In development—document is being written
  • Submitted—document has been submitted for evaluation
  • In review—community comment and ESO evaluation in progress
  • Final—published document

Recommendation


  • Approved—recommended for use in NASA Earth science data systems
  • Emerging—promising technology, not rigorously reviewed or widely adopted yet
  • Limited / Restricted—approved for use only in certain circumstances
  • Deprecated—don't choose for new projects
  • Obsoleted—no longer in use
  • Proposed / In Process—placeholder until recommendation is made

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