In 1998 I became the data manager of MOPITT, an instrument flying aboard NASA's TERRA satellite. I served in this position from one year prior to launch until 2005. For family reasons I resigned. Ten years later, with the instrument continuing to collect data, the incumbent data manager announced his retirement and I was re-offered the position. I would like to share my "Lessons Learned" from returning to a technical role after a ten year hiatus. What details are important? What should have been documented but wasn't? What types of information got lost in the transition? What has changed and what hasn't?
Daniel received a PhD in physics from The Johns Hopkins Univ in 1993 on the topic of the role of clouds in climate change. He worked for five years at the Distributed Active Archive Center (DAAC) at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. In 1998 he became the MOPITT Data Manager at NCAR and remained there until 2005. In 2015 he returned to that position. Between those years Daniel was active in several entrepreneurial start-ups and also worked at NOAA's National Geophysical Data Center. He has an IT support company called Escape Goat Data.
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