Consortium Participants

Many people from a wide range of organizations have participated in the SPASE consortium. The origanizations include:

  • Augsburg College
  • California Institute of Technology (CalTech)
  • Centre de Donnèes de la Physique des Plasmas (CDPP)
  • Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (INAF)
  • Japan Aerospace eXploration Agency (JAXA) - STP/Ehime
  • Japan's Inter-university Upper atmosphere Global Observation NETwork (IUGONET)
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
  • John Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL)
  • George Mason University
  • Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) HQ
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • NOAA's National Geophysics Data Center (NGDC)
  • Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL)
  • Stanford University
  • Southwest Research Institute (SwRI)
  • University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

SPASE Inside

Systems that use SPASE compliant metadata to enable search services, data discovery or SPASE registry services can display the [SPASE Inside](spase-inside.jsp) logo.

Current systems that use SPASE Inside.

United States: NASA's Heliophysics division

HPDE Repository (
Provides comprehensive access to all registered metadata in NASA's Heliophysics Division.
HPDE Landing Page (>
Formatted information about each registered resource in the HPDE repositories.
Heliophysics Data Portal (formerly VSPO) (
Provides a quick and easy way to find and access a comprehensive set of NASA and other datasets, images, movies, and associated services

Old and Deprecated Systems

These systems formed the original discipline oriented core of the the nascent heliophysics data environment. They are now deprecated and may or may not still be functioning.

Provides uniform metadata for NASA's heliopheric data sets
Virtual Heliospheric Observatory (
Provides uniform metadata for heliopheric data sets and actively collaborates with the Virtual Energetic Particle Observatory and the Virtual Waves Observatory to enable access to energetic particle and waves data
Virtual Energetic Particle Observatory (
Provides discovery, access, understandability, and usability of energetic particle data products from selected spacecraft and sub-orbital instruments
Virtual Magnetospheric Observatory at Goddard (VMO/G) (
Provides discovery and access to magnetospheric data sets from both spacecraft and ground observatories.
Virtual Magnetospheric Observatory at UCLA (VMO/U) (
Provides discovery and access toheliospheric and magnetospheric data sets from both spacecraft and ground observatories.
Virtual Model Repository (VMR) (
Enables open access to model output used in support of published papers, makes computational model results available to the general community and provides intuitive data-model comparisons and Virtual Radiation Belt Observatory (ViRBO) (
Virtual Wave Observatory (VWO) (
Makes Heliophysics wave data searchable, understandable and usable by the scientific community
Magnetogram Analysis for the Network of Geophysical Observatories (MANGO) (
Provides discovery and access to magnetospheric data from world-wide ground-based observatories.


AUTUMN Virtual Magnetic Observatory (
Provides access to data from the Athabasca University Geophysical Observatory (AUGO).
Canadian Space Science Data Portal (CSSDP) (
Enable and simplify researcher access to space science analytic tools and data.


Provide a unified metadata database and seamless data environment for ground-based observations of the upper atmosphere. acquired by a global network of radars, magnetometers, optical sensors, helioscopes, etc., and stored individual data bases.


Centre de Donn´┐Że la Physique des Plasmas (CDPP) (
Automated Multi-Dataset Analysis (AMDA) (
Provide integrated analysis of multi-point and multi-instrument data for case studies and statistical studies of plasmas in space physics.
German Research Centre for Geosciences (
Information System and Data Center for geoscientific data (
An access point for all manner of geoscientific geodata, its corresponding metadata, scientific documentation and software tools. The majority of the data and information, the portal currently offers to the public, are global geomonitoring products such as satellite orbit and Earth gravity field data as well as geomagnetic and atmospheric data for the exploration.
Exploring Semantic web ontologies for use with reasoners and semantic searches.
EU Framework 7 Projects
near-Earth space data infrastructure for e-Science (ESPAS) (
An e-Infrastructure to support access to observations, modeling and prediction of the near-Earth space environment extending from the Earth's atmosphere up to the outer radiation belts.
An integrated interactive computational framework where data from planetary missions will be interconnected with numerical models.


1998 - ISTP
The SPASE effort has its root in the data handling session of the ISTP workshop held at RAL in 1998, when on Sept 26 a resolution was passed calling on the "larger data centers" to "do something" to make data more accessible.
2001 - AISRP
Early in 2001 a breadboard interoperability test bed was implemented between NSSDC and CDPP/CNES, and later that year, in response to an AO from NASA AISRP ROSS (Applied Information Systems Research Program, Research Opportunities in Space Science), a proposal entitled "A Space Physics Archive Search Engine (SPASE)" was submitted jointly by NSSDC, SwRI, RAL and CDPP.
2002 - Grassroots
While this proposal was not funded a volunteer effort continued and attracted broader participation. It was recognized that a data model was needed to establish an "interlingua" to share resources across the entire space physics domain. The goals of this effort were defined in late 2002 and the new moniker of Space Physics Archive Search and Extract (SPASE) was adopted.
2003 - Open Community - NASA LWS
In 2003 the effort was organized as an international consortium with an open invitation for anyone in the community to participate. U.S. participants in SPASE were funded by NASA in July 2005 which helped accelerate the effort.
2005 - Release 1.0
In release of the SPASE data model. November 22, 2005.
2006 - Release 1.1.0
In response to community feedback, the data model was improved. In that same year NASA solicited proposals to establish thematic virtual observatories for the heliophysics community and SPASE was adopted as the metadata standard to enable interoperability. Released August 31, 2006.
2007 - Release 1.2.0
Based on feedback from the community and from the selected virtual observatories the data model was further refined and version 1.2.0 was released in May 22, 2007.
2009 - Release 2.0.0
After a period of use in NASA's VxOs the model was streamlined and enhanced to support a wider range of resources. Released April 15, 2009.
2010 - Release 2.1.0
Additions were made to support a wider range of phenomenom types and particle attributes. Some grammar changes were made, most important was changing "Qualifier" to "Component" which more accurately represented the concept. Released March 18, 2010
2011 - Release 2.2.0
Added "Excel" as an allowed format, improved Render Hints, updated definitions, and added support for referencing resources in cloud storage. Additional terms were included to improved the ability describe solar data. Released January 6, 2011.
2011 - Release 2.2.1
Added "core", "halo", "strahl" and "superhalo" to the dictionary and to "Qualifier". Released August 18, 2011.
2014 - Simulation Extensions 1.0.0
Release the IMPEx developed Simulation Extensions. Released May 19, 2014.
2015 - Release 2.2.3
Fully integrated support for extensions. Released May 31, 2015.
2018 - Release 2.3.0
Support for DOI and HAPI. Released May 31, 2018.