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XSearch Staff Conducts JSC Handover Training

During the week of January 25, 2010, the XSearch project team conducted three days of on-site systems training for JSC contractors who are slated to take over sustaining engineering responsibility for XSearch software running on JSC servers. The training covered aspects of system design, development, testing, operations, deployment, configuration, maintenance, and troubleshooting, and featured hands-on demonstrations as well as presentation-style delivery of material. The class was attended by eight JSC personnel and was very well received. A 100+ page draft technical reference manual was sent to attendees in advance of the training session. Transition of sustaining engineering to JSC is scheduled for March 15. The ARC team will continue with development of new XSearch functionality through September 30.

BACKGROUND: XSearch is a system that provides search and linkage across multiple databases used by ISS and Shuttle flight controllers. XSearch integrates and searches data from several separate flight operations databases. Through a common interface, Mission Control Center personnel using XSearch can issue a single search query and simultaneously interrogate multiple mission operations data sources. Currently, a total of nine different types of records can be searched using the XSearch interface. Search of four additional sources is under development for release throughout the end of the fiscal year. In addition to conducting search, the system also contextualizes search results by detecting records that are cross-referenced by or textually similar to the search results. Cross-references are located by parsing the text of database records using customized citation patterns that identify cross-references embedded in the text.

NASA PROGRAM FUNDING: JSC Intercenter Task Agreement funded by the Space Shuttle Program

XSEARCH TEAM: Rich Keller, Chris Knight, Steve Lin, Mohana Gurram, Greg Orzech

Contact: Rich Keller

03/31/2010

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