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Status of UK Solar System Data Centre Funding from STFC Programmatic Review

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), which is the funding body of the UKSSDC and WDC for STP, Chilton undertakes a biennial review of the projects and facilities in the research programme. The outcome for the data centre is very uncertain at this time and there is much debate in the UK over the timing and operation of the review procedure. See the Royal Astronomical Society for comments on the review and the STFC consultation pages for details of the review and consultation exercise.

The feedback to the UKSSDC from the review so far is

The ranking reflected PPAN's view that the facility did not undertake science directly and thus direct science impact was low. The value of the facility for solar and solar terrestrial physics data access was recognised.
Category: Medium-Lower Priority
We would be grateful if our users could find the time to make some comments, via the consultation form, to STFC on the continued value and importance of the UKSSDC and WDC for STP. This requires you to specify a programme category, which we assume will determine the panel that reviews your input. The main category of interest for our community is "Solar and STP", but there are other categories where our community has interests: e.g. "Theory, computation and data handling" and "Space science and exploration".