Contributing High Level Science Products to MAST
What is an HLSP Collection?
The Mikulski Archive for Space Telescopes (MAST) solicits high-level science products (HLSPs) from the astronomical community with the aim of making them widely available to the public. HLSPs are contributed in the form of collections of data and ancillary products which:
An HLSP collection may originate from observing facilities other than those currently hosted by MAST, provided it is scientifically closely related to a hosted mission.
HLSP contributions are reviewed for scientific content, the potential for follow-on research by other researchers, and for compliance with the contribution criteria described on these pages before the collection is accepted for incorporation in MAST.
Benefits of Contributing an HLSP Collection
These pages document the requirements, policies and procedures for contributing HLSP collections to MAST. Note that contributions of HLSPs are now a requirement for the HST Treasury and Legacy programs. HLSP collections that are accepted by MAST provide the following benefits to the contributors and potential users:
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Most HLSP collections have enjoyed a significantly higher level of visibility and use in the community than the standard data products from individual missions. The follow-on research that is enabled for the community with HLSPs increases the scientific impact of both the collection and the mission(s) from which they originate, and contributing scientists enjoy higher recognition and citation rates from HLSP-related papers than is typical for individual mission programs.
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