AstroMat WorkPlan

The development of the Astromaterials Data System will be ongoing over 5 years with different project components progressing in parallel in three development phases to successively develop and implement the various system components and incorporate data for all collections. For each development phase, we have identified major milestones for the different project components. The timing of deliverables accounts for the interdependence of system components.

See below for our project timeline and progress updates.


(7/1/2019 to 6/30/2020)

  • Complete data restoration for the lunar collection.
  • Release versions of AstroMat system components that support data restoration for lunar samples and meteorites (AstroDB v1 & v2, AstroAPI v1, AstroAdmin v1).
  • Release AstroSearch v1 to provide access to data for lunar collection.
  • Create authentication system for user login and analysis of web logs.
  • Establish repository services for astromaterials (AstroRepo).
  • Set up AstroMat newsletter & mailing list, conduct workshop at LPSC 2019.

(7/1/2020 to 12/31/2022)

  • Complete data synthesis for the meteorite collection at LDEO and CIW (student program).
  • Release versions of AstroMat system components that support data restoration for Stardust & Genesis and for spectrographic data (AstroDB v3&4, AstroAPI v2&3, AstroAdmin v2-5.
  • Incrementally improve versions of AstroSearch and add AstroPlot functionality (v2, v3, v4).
  • Release of AstroVoc public GUI (Complete by May 31, 2020).
  • Release Astro. Desk v1 and v2 with Dashboard, AstroRepo submission, and stored queries.
  • Conduct usability tests, webinars, and workshops to engage community.

(1/1/2023 to 6/30/2024)

  • Complete data synthesis for all remaining collections (MIC, Hayabusa, Cosmic Dust).
  • Release versions of AstroMat system components that support data restoration for all remaining collections data (AstroDB v5, AstroAPI v4 & v5).
  • Release AstroSearch v5 with sample maps of in-situ analyses linking to analytical data.
  • Release AstroDesk v3: Subscribe to notifications, improvements.
  • Conduct usability tests, webinars, and workshops to engage community.

Progress of Developments


  • Highest number of datasets received per quarter so far: 35 datasets received and published in AstroRepo
  • 193 papers added to AstroDB relational database
  • Synchronization of updated AstroDB database with Elasticsearch index made an additional 684 papers publicly available via the AstroDB Search Application.


  • Data from 830 publications are available in AstroDB (237 ingested Y2Q4)
  • Upcoming launch of AstroSearch 2
  • UCLA data rescue and searchable database are being assembled
  • Improved AstroAdmin curator tools


  • Growing adoption of the Astromat Data Repository: Received 6 submissions from researchers
  • Refactored the CI/CD workflow scripts all Astromat software components
  • Added >180 new datasets to the meteorite & lunar samples data collection
  • Conducted Usability Tests with Early Career astromaterials researchers
  • Presentation about the Astromaterials Data System to the NASA Planetary Data Ecosystem Independent Review Board


  • The first submissions have been received and processed in the AstroMat Repository
  • Made progress with our application to CoreTrustSeal for certification of the AstroRepo
  • AstroDB software components are operational as version 1, and their improved and extended version 2 is in development
  • Initial mock-ups have been generated for AstroSearch version 2, including the new Search by Chemistry component in the Advanced Filter option
  • We made further improvements to our AWS cloud infrastructure


  • Implemented authentication via ORCID for Astromat repository
  • Developed and released Astromat repository search
  • Obtained approval to list Astromat repository in FAIRSharing directory
  • Generated schemas for citation, dataset, sample, and sample data for the AstroDB
  • Completed development of the schema to map AstroDB data and metadata to PDS4
  • Added meteorite data from 86 publications to AstroDB synthesis
  • Held webinar to show researchers how to submit data to the Astromat repository


  • Completed development of and released new AstroMat web site
  • Completed development of and released AstroSearch version 1
  • Completed development of and released AstroAdmin version 1
  • Completing development of AstroMat Repository, to be released July 2020
  • Continued development of AstroMat Index
  • Continued development of AstroPages


  • We held a virtual Town Hall webinar originally planned for LPSC 2020.
  • Created the initial mockups for the AstroSearch
  • Continued development of Astromat Repository
  • Completed the development of a module for configuring data entry schemas and workflows for different types of samples and analytical methods interface


  • AstroAdmin: Multiple modules of the AstroAdmin data entry tool have been completed and are now in testing, e.g. module to configure data entry schemas and workflows for different types of samples and analytical methods; module to enter sample metadata
  • AstroSearch: The design of the search interface for AstroDB has started and initial mockups will be presented at the LPSC 2020 Town Hall of the Astromaterials Data System
  • AstroVoc: A central vocabulary management system has been set up. TemaTres, an Open Source vocabulary management system, has been deployed in the new Docker EE environment
  • Three new staff members joined the Astromat team


  • Development of AstroAdmin Version 1.0: Completed modules for entry of citation, dataset metadata, analysis action, vocabularies
  • Development of AstroPage Version 1.0: Completed information pages that display metadata for citations and datasets
  • Configuration, deployment, and testing of the development environment for AstroDB, AstroRef, AstroPage, and AstroAPI in the Docker EE environment
  • Migration of MoonDB data to AstroDB (95% complete, Astromat data curators are currently testing the integrity of migrated content)
  • Development of AstroSearch Version 1.0: Initial design of user interface layout


  • Refinement the original MoonDB schema for AstroDB
  • Development of AstroRef. (Version 1.0) bibliographical catalog
  • Development of AstroAPI (Version 1.0)
  • Hosted Town Hall Transforming Access to Astromaterial Data: NASA’s Astromaterial Data System at the LPSC Meeting in Houston in March 2019
  • Presentation of MoonDB: 50 Years of Lunar Sample Data Ready for the Data Revolution at the LPSC Meeting in Houston in March 2019


  • Release of the Astromaterials Data System website
  • Release of Bibliography module of AstroDB