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PLANMAP data packaging: lessons learned towards FAIR planetary geologic maps

Carlos Henrique Brandt1, Angelo Pio Rossi1, Luca Penasa2, Riccardo Pozzobon2, Erica Luzzi1, Jack Wright3, Cristian Carli4, and Matteo Massironi2
Carlos Henrique Brandt et al.
  • 1Jacobs University Bremen, Physics and Earth Sciences, Bremen, Germany (
  • 2Università di Padova, Dipartimento di Geoscienze, Padua, Italy
  • 3The Open University, School of Physical Sciences, Milton Keynes, UK
  • 4INAF-Istituto di Astrofisica e Planetologia Spaziali, Rome, Italy

Geologic mapping is a key element of planetary exploration for mission planning, orbital and rover reconnaissance, and target selection for in-situ analysis and sample return, as well as for understanding the formation and evolution of planetary surfaces. The PLANMAP project ( aims at produce high-level, standardized geological maps of the Moon, Mars, and Mercury (Massironi M. et al., 2018). The project is integrating different types of data as images, spectral-cubes, chemical data, Digital Terrain Models and three-dimensional geological models to produce geological maps suitable to planetary exploration at different levels. The process results in rich datasets composed by a variety of datatypes encapsulated in open standards and released to the community as freely accessible packages (
To accomplish the complexity of deploying PLANMAP packages, considering reliability and automation as key components of a data release workflow, we arranged a data management framework respecting the FAIR (findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable) guidelines. Geographic data are stored and served by a multi-layered Web-GIS allowing easy information discovery. Particular attention has been paid in designing the user interface and in the definition of the underlying data structure. Different data query services are also provided to properly address different user needs (Luzzi E. et al., 2020). PLANMAP’s datasets can be downloaded in the form of fully contained packages ( fulfilling a specifically designed standard. Once a data package is ready for publication, validation and summary information extraction take place and the results are published together within the packages.
We will here present an overview of the PLANMAP’s deployed data system, and the technical solutions that were adopted with the final goal of improving the quality standards of planetary geological maps.


- Luzzi E. et al., 2020, “Tectono-magmatic, Sedimentary and Hydrothermal History of Arsinoes and Pyrrhae Chaos, Mars.”, EarthArXiv, doi:10.31223/

- Massironi M. et al., 2018, “Towards integrated geological maps and 3D geo-models of planetary surfaces: the H2020 PLANetary MAPping project”, EGU General Assembly 2018

How to cite: Brandt, C. H., Rossi, A. P., Penasa, L., Pozzobon, R., Luzzi, E., Wright, J., Carli, C., and Massironi, M.: PLANMAP data packaging: lessons learned towards FAIR planetary geologic maps, EGU General Assembly 2020, Online, 4–8 May 2020, EGU2020-18839,, 2020.

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