[Esip-preserve] Fwd: NASA Earth Science Publications Database

Curt Tilmes Curt.Tilmes at nasa.gov
Wed Jun 6 13:59:03 EDT 2012

I'd like to talk about this at today's telecon as well...

NASA's Earth Science Division has deployed a very simple
publications database here: http://esdpubs.nasa.gov

They have identifiers for papers, people, missions, programs
and a database where NASA scientists can upload their
papers and track them.

It keeps basic statistics on publications/year/program.

Something very simple, but, I think, potentially very


-------- Original Message --------
Subject: ESD Publications Database
Date: Fri, 25 May 2012 15:45:41 -0500
From: ESDPUBS-NO-REPLY <esdpubs-NOREPLY at esdpubs.nasa.gov>
Reply-To: Craig, Michael S. (ARC-SG) <michael.s.craig at nasa.gov>
To: Tilmes, Curt (GSFC-6190) <curt.tilmes at nasa.gov>

Dear current or recent NASA Earth Science investigator,

NASA is required to provide annual reports to Congress on the
progress of our significant investments into research, most of which
is reflected in the published literature.  The Program Scientists/
Managers at NASA HQ are also continually asked to provide details on
very recent NASA funded research to answer frequent questions about
the value and progress of our research programs.  Plus, sometimes we
still pretend to be actual scientists and want to know what is
occurring in our areas of research!  The primary avenues we have had
in the past to collect these data are to comb through the various
progress reports we receive from research grants we issue, directly
query to researchers both inside and outside the NASA centers from
the Program Scientists/Managers, and to receive direct and
unsolicited communications from the investigators to the Program
Scientists/Managers.  These prove to be very awkward and inefficient

To streamline this process, a number of the Program Scientists/
Managers at NASA HQ have requested that the Earth Science Project
office produce a web site that will allow our recently funded
investigators to insert recent publications into a database so that
we have these data on hand more readily.  They accepted the challenge
and now have the database on line and ready to accept all your
entries.  Katja Drdla led this effort and made the process to enter a
paper so easy and painless, that even one of the NASA Program
Managers was able to insert an entry without any effort at all.  If
we can do this, it must be easy!  The simplest way is to have a PDF
of the manuscript available to upload and the interfaces take care of
the rest.

Our request to you is to take a small amount of time and upload all
of your published papers funded with recent NASA funding into this
database.  This will be a significant help to your favorite (or least
favorite) NASA Earth Science Program Scientist/Manager and
potentially give your research increased air-play at HQ.  It’s a
win-win situation!

Because it can take several years for results from many of our
studies (especially airborne campaigns) to make it into print, we’d
like this database to extend as far back as one decade (to capture
campaigns such as 2004 INTEX and TC4).

Looking ahead, we would like for these entries to be updated at least
once a year, and we will send out reminders before we assemble our
annual Congressional report requesting that the database be brought
up to date.  But we encourage you to enter each paper as soon as it
is published so we have the data on hand.

The database can be accessed at this site called ESD Pubs
(http://esdpubs.nasa.gov).  Login accounts are shared with the ESPO
SOFRS and ESPO Archive systems, so you may already have an account on
the system.  If you do not yet have an account, there is a link on
the website to get an account.  If you have any issues or suggestions
to improve the interface, contact Katja at katja.drdla at nasa.gov.

Regards, and thanks in advance for your cooperation on this effort!

Jay Al-Saadi, Paula Bontempi, David Considine, Rich Eckman, Ken
Jucks, Ramesh Kakar, and Hal Maring (the initial Earth Science
Program Scientists/Managers to participate in this effort)

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