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)
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
Provides comprehensive access to all registered metadata in NASA's
Formatted information about each registered resource in the HPDE repositories.
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
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 (http://vepo.gsfc.nasa.gov/)
Provides discovery, access, understandability, and usability of energetic particle data products from
selected spacecraft and sub-orbital instruments
Provides discovery and access to magnetospheric data sets from both spacecraft and ground observatories.
Provides discovery and access toheliospheric and magnetospheric data sets from both spacecraft and ground observatories.
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) (http://virbo.org/)
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.
Provides access to data from the Athabasca University Geophysical Observatory (AUGO).
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.
Provide integrated analysis of multi-point and multi-instrument data
for case studies and statistical studies of plasmas in space physics.
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
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
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
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.