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Science Data Systems Branch/Code 586

The Science Data Systems Branch is responsible for the specification, design, development, installation, validation, modification, and operation of data systems for the acquisition, production, and distribution of data products that support NASA's science and Exploration missions. These systems may range in complexity from those that handle single, small instrument data streams with a limited user community to multi-mission data systems serving diverse multidisciplinary user communities. The Branch supports all aspects of the science data management life-cycle which includes: processing systems, archives, distribution systems, networking, query systems, and user interfaces. Branch personnel have expertise in metadata definition, data formats, mass storage technologies, cost modeling, and contract management. In addition, the Branch supports new and evolving data system concepts, such as virtual data systems, grid computing, distributed archives, data workflows, visual data queries, and data modeling.