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NASA's Earth Science Data and Information Systems (ESDIS) Standards Coordination Office (ESCO) is requesting comments on the proposed Airborne Data Management Group (ADMG) terms and definitions used for construction of NASA's Catalog of Archived Suborbital Earth Science Investigations (CASEI) inventory of Airborne and Field Investigations. ESCO conducts reviews of proposed standards, practices, and technical information relevant to the ESDIS mission. Documents are reviewed as part of the ESDIS Project's standards process. Approved documents are published and listed on the Standards Requirements and References page.

CASEI includes a curated database with user-friendly public interface providing carefully vetted contextual details about NASA's airborne and field Earth Science investigations, and directly links users to NASA Distributed Active Archive Centers (DAACs) for data product access no matter which DAAC the data is archived at. The proposed ADMG definitions are an essential component of the information model used to construct the CASEI inventory database. Consistent terminology and definitions are required for effectively organizing and communicating the variety of NASA's suborbital investigations and associated metadata.  All airborne and field investigation researchers and inventory users will benefit from consistently using known and agreed-upon terms and definitions in the future. Wherever possible, the proposed definitions have been structured to agree with those in common use within the various science communities using airborne and field data.  Some of the terms and definitions may be found in the EOSDIS Glossary, or may be similar to terms already in the glossary. These ADMG terms and definitions may or may not match terms used by other entities within or external to NASA.

You are invited to review these proposed terms and definitions in the context of your experience with Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS), airborne research and data, related inventories, tools, and services. 

The review period is from June 1  through June 30, 2022.

Quick Start for Reviewers

ESDIS uses the Jama online document review system to collect community comments on proposed standards, practices and technical information submitted to ESCO for review.

Review Instructions
  1. Request Jama access to these documents by contacting the ESCO at Please include your Earthdata login username if you have one.

  2. Read the recommendations document and provide comments via Jama here:
  3. For more details on using Jama, see the information at the bottom of this page.

Detailed instructions for Jama reviewers:

The benefit of using the Jama system is that you can easily comment on specific portions of the document and can see comments provided by others.

Review comments may be submitted via the Earthdata Jama document review system. If you already have access to the NASA Earthdata Jama system, please contact ESCO at and let us know your Earthdata Login username so we can add to you the list of reviewers.

Once you are registered to provide a review, you will receive email from the ESCO Team with links to the documents under review. When you get the email, please follow the instructions to gain access to the documents and to begin the review.

In order to log in to the Jama system (i.e. to follow any of the Jama review links) you must have an Earthdata Login account with access to Jama. Use your Earthdata Login username and password to log in to Jama.  Earthdata Login username and password recovery can be done at

If you do not already have a Jama account but wish to use the Jama system, you can request one at the Earthdata Service Desk.

Jama Resources

NOTE: Information on this page is subject to change.

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