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Announcement: IIO plugins for NASA planetary data now available

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Hey all...

We have (finally) gotten all the paperwork done and are happy to
announce the availability of our Open Source package for reading and
writing VICAR, PDS, and ISIS image files in Java.

The package supports IIO plugins, JAI codecs, and a low-level library.

The formats supported:

* VICAR (Video Image Communication And Retrieval) is a general purpose
image processing system developed continuously since 1966 by the
Multimission Image Processing Lab (MIPL) at JPL. Its primary use is to
process images from JPL's unmanned planetary spacecraft, such as MER,
Cassini, MSL, Galileo, Voyager, and many others. It is still in active
use today.

* PDS (Planetary Data System) is the standard NASA archive format used
for data from all planetary missions. PDS is actually a collection of
many different formats; the subset supported here is the PDS3
uncompressed image data format.

* ISIS (Integrated Software for Imagers and Spectrometers) is an image
processing system developed by the USGS (U.S. Geological Survey) for use
with planetary mission data.

Note, ISIS support is read-only.

We are the maintainers of VICAR so this should be considered the
"official" package for VICAR. We are simply users of PDS and ISIS.

The package is available here:

My apologies for the somewhat cumbersome download site (which requires
creating a free account), but that is our release venue. However, the
package has a BSD-style license so you should be able to re-post it
other places if you want.

Let me know if you have any questions...

-Bob Deen @ NASA-JPL Multimission Image Processing Lab