Modern studies of the Sun involve coordinated observations collected from a collage of instruments on the ground and in orbit. Each instrument has its own constraints, such as field of view, duty cycle, and scheduling and commanding windows, that must both be coordinated during operations and be discoverable for analyses of the resulting data. Details on the observed solar features, i.e. sunspots or filaments, and solar events, i.e. flares or coronal mass ejections, must also be incorporated to help guide data discovery and data analysis pipelines. Both coordinated observations and data discovery would benefit from a uniform system for describing the complex modes and datasets generated by modern observing systems and the results of mining the resulting data sets. This group would develop a strategy for developing the semantics and syntax appropriate for the solar community and propose standards tools that could be used by both data providers and data miners.
Founding working group members: Neal Hurlburt (LMSAL), Gelu M. Nita (NJT), Vincent Oria (NJIT)