Geospatial Information Integration for Science Activity Planning at the Mars Desert Research Station

  • Daniel C. Berrios
  • Maarten Sierhuis
  • Richard M. Keller
Part of the Advanced Information and Knowledge Processing book series (AI&KP)

NASA's Mobile Agents project leads coordinated planetary exploration simulations at the Mars Desert Research Station. Through ScienceOrganizer, a Web-based tool for organizing and providing contextual information for scientific data sets, remote teams of scientists access and annotate data sets, images, documents and other forms of scientific information, applying predefined semantic links and metadata using a Web browser. We designed and developed an experimental geographic information server that integrates remotely sensed images of scientific activity areas with information regarding activity plans, actors and data that had been characterized semantically using ScienceOrganizer. The server automatically obtains remotely sensed photographs of geographic survey sites at various resolutions and combines these images with scientific survey data to generate “context maps” illustrating the paths of survey actors and the sequence and types of data collected during simulated surface “extra-vehicular activities.” The remotely located scientific team found the context maps were extremely valuable for achieving and conveying activity plan consensus.


Data Product Mobile Agent Semantic Link Large Data File Remote Team 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniel C. Berrios
    • 1
  • Maarten Sierhuis
    • 2
  • Richard M. Keller
    • 3
  1. 1.University of California Santa Cruz NASA Ames Research Center Moffett FieldUSA
  2. 2.Research Institute for Advanced Computer ScienceNASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field Mountain ViewUSA
  3. 3.NASA Ames Research Center Intelligent Systems Division Moffett Field Mountain ViewUSA

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