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Assessment of the NASA Applied Sciences Program
What are the technical definitions of the Applications Areas (NASA ASP specific) and the Focus Areas (NASA-wide)? What are the practical differences and relationships between these two areas in terms of categorizing projects and measuring project progress and success in ASP?
How does ASP document adoption, incorporation, implementation, and/or use of benchmark reports (through general public literature (peer reviewed or other), ISI citations, patents, conferences, web site citations, etc.)? Is ASP required to record such evidence?
What are the best resources for assessing the benefits of ASP for the broader community, especially the private sector and local governments? Is there information about the most active nonfederal users of NASA/ASP products? Was there an assessment of NASA services to these categories of users before NASA was directed not to undertake direct decision support?
Does ASP record website hits for the Earth Science Gateway and AIWG? If so, can we be provided with these hits, sorted by whatever user identifications are possible (preferably by e-mail extension [e.g., .org, .gov, .com, .edu])?
Can we be provided with a case study or studies of research-to-operations transition for selected users in agriculture and/or water resources?
How have the “Decadal Outcomes of Agencies Use of NASA Data and Information” been measured (found on pp. 38-39 of Earth Science Applications Plan, far right column)?
Could you provide us with a list of all funded and non-funded proposals to the ASP over its history (since the inception of the 2001-02 systems engineering structure), with either the proposing organization stated explicitly or a categorization according to federal agency, nonfederal government agency, tribal agency, academic organization, private company, and any other category (if confidentiality must be maintained for the non-funded proposals). The AIWG site does a great job listing the active proposals, but the non-funded proposals and those dating back to the early years (funded/non) are not available as far as we've seen.