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Committees

Advisory committees, with membership drawn from research community at-large, are regularly convened by IPAC to provide guidance to its projects.  We welcome the community to interact with committee members to share feedback on IPAC projects.

The NASA Exoplanet Archive Users Group

The NASA Exoplanet Archive Users Group is made up of members of the exoplanet communty whose research interests and expertise cover a range of topics and observational methods. The role of the users group is to advise the NASA Exoplanet Science Institute in the content and functionality of the Exoplanet Archive with the goal of ensuring the Archive is scientifically relevant and makes best use of the available resources.

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IRSA User Panel

At least once a year, IRSA invites a panel of archive users from the infrared astronomical community to review and discuss IRSA's objectives, recent achievements, and goals for the forthcoming fiscal year(s). The annual meeting also gives IRSA staff an opportunity to elicit feedback on existing and proposed services to better understand how the archive's tools and data are used in the field.

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NED Users Committee (NUC)

The NED Users Committee (NUC) is a group of professional astronomers representing the diverse community of scientists who use the NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database (NED) on a regular basis in their scientific research and teaching activities.

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NASA Herschel Science Center User Panel (NUP)

The NASA Herschel Science Center User Panel provides independent external advice to the NHSC,  advises the NHSC on philosophy, approach and details of user interfaces,  assesses the quality of support and services offered by the NHSC to users,  and acts as an advocate for the US-based community in the context of NHSC planning and priority setting. 

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Spitzer
  • SSC Oversight Committee (SSCOC) - Formed in 1998 and formally chartered to provide independent advice to the Spitzer Science Center, this group provides a high-level assessment of the strategic policies implemented by the SSC
  • Spitzer Science Users Panel (SUP) - Also formed in 1998 and formally chartered to provide independent advice to the Spitzer Science Center, this group provides the SSC with independent external advice on tactical and technical matters pertaining to matters affecting the Spitzer user community.