The Space Physics Data Facility (SPDF) leads in the design and implementation of unique multi-mission and multi-disciplinary data services and software to strategically advance NASA's solar-terrestrial program, to extend our science understanding of the structure, physics and dynamics of the Heliosphere of our Sun and to support the science missions of NASA's Heliophysics Great Observatory.
Major SPDF efforts include multi-mission data services such as Heliophysics Data Portal (formerly VSPO), CDAWeb and CDAWeb Inside IDL,and OMNIWeb Plus (including COHOWeb, ATMOWeb, HelioWeb and CGM) , science planning and orbit services such as SSCWeb, data tools such as the CDF software and tools, and a range of other science and technology research efforts. The staff supporting SPDF includes scientists and information technology experts.
NASA’s Heliophysics Science Division at NASA HQs issued a revised Heliophysics Science Data Management Policy in 2009 (see http://hpde.gsfc.nasa.gov/Heliophysics_Data_Policy_2009Apr12.html). This revised policy redefined the Heliophysics role of the National Space Science Data Center (NSSDC) at Goddard to be solely that of a “deep archive” and defined a new role for the Space Physics Data Facility (SPDF) to be one of two “active Final Archives” charged to work with NASA HQs to ensure the long-term accessibility and availability of all important NASA heliophysics data. The SPDF service gateway allows users to access data through a number of different data services while also providing information on which spacecraft are accessible through which service(s) and to which space physics discipline(s) data services and spacecraft belong.