I decided to shift my career focus from research to education. I found the following resources helpful in my job hunt:
Also, those looking to do anything with distance education or 2-year-college teaching should look into WebCT/Blackboard.
I recently polled a small subset of the planetary community and recieved these book recommendations. Please add your favorites and comments about individual books.
The New Solar System
by J. Kelly Beatty (Editor), Carolyn Collins Petersen (Editor), Andrew Chaikin (Editor), Andrew L. Chaikin (Author)
The Solar System: The Cosmic Perspective
by Jeffrey Bennett, Megan Donahue, Nicholas Schneider, Mark Voit
Worlds Apart: A Textbook in Planetary Sciences
by Guy Consolmagno, Martha Schaefer
by Imke de Pater, Jack J. Lissauer
All of the data in the Planetary Data System (PDS) have a detailed set of labels (meta-data). Sometimes these labels are in separate files (detached labels) or are embedded in the data file itself (usually as a header). The data of these labels are encoded in a text-based framework known as a parameter value language (PVL). There are several approaches to programmatically parsing and reading these PDS data in PVL format. This article discusses several of the libraries that exist in C, C++, and Java that can help you with your PDS PVL needs (reading and writing).
For those of you interested in a generic tool for viewing stereo pairs and manually editing match points, I developed some freeware (if you have IDL) to do that, and it can be downloaded at http://www.gi.alaska.edu/~rherrick/smt/index.html. It works under IDL and there is a users manual and installation guide on the web site. I had an abstract about it at the 2005 LPSC (abs. #1984). The download includes sample image pairs from Magellan,
Not all images are the same. Frequently, to do science you might want to compare two different images at the same resolution, or map them to the same grid, different from the original. To map to lower resolution you should co-add pixels, but to map at a higher resolution you might need to interpolate. This article discusses four interpolations schemes, how to use them, and which might be best for you.
In many instances, images can speak for themselves. However, one often wants to put arrows or indicators on an image mentioned in the caption or the text. This article explains a few ways to do that with the GIMP.
Not quite sure where to start with data from the Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft? This article contains links to the raw data, and also links to the various software tools that members of the community have created to analyze the data itself.
I'm putting together an application for a faculty position, and I turned to the web for help. While a simple search for "statement of teaching philosophy" yields many more links than I have listed below, I had a really hard time finding anything about research plans. What I found was a real eye-opener.
Today, the 19th of February 2006, we have officially launched this website.
The concept of the site had been around for a while in our heads (mine and Jason's), but during the summer of 2005, the first actual alpha test sites were tested. This was followed by a beta-test period starting in September 2005, culminating in this launch. We'd like to thank all of our beta-testers for the help, and we look forward to more stories and comments.