Tools & Documentations

If you're developing a dataset in response to recent Announcement of Opportunities, you can start with the following:
Response to PDART
Response to Discovery AO
Response to SALMON-2 AO

Various tools for using and creating data are shown below. For more information and guidance in using these tools with PDS data, contact the science node for your area of research. You may also consult the PDS Phone Book to get contact information for others within the PDS community.

The PDS is developing new tools to help in finding, using and preparing PDS data. Please see an Introduction to developing a PDS4 Data set page for a listing of these resources. Please see the PDS4 Software page for core tools that are available specifically for use with PDS4 data. More PDS4 information can be found on the About page.

For a full list of software packages related to the access and use of planetary data, see the Tool Registry.

Tools for Using and Manipulating Data

  • NASAView for viewing PDS products
  • ISIS image manipulation package
  • SPICE Toolkit for writing programs to generate observational coordinates, and for performing other geometry calculations
  • UNZIP for unpacking files in ZIP archives
  • Splash for tabular data display (Windows only)
  • Julian Library for date conversion
  • Kepler Library for computing target coordinates
  • Ring Profile Library: Earth-based profile data for planetary Ring-Moon Systems
  • Software Tools for reading and manipulating PDS label and data files

Guides to the Archiving Process

Tools for Archive Data Preparation