According to the NASA Scientific Technical Information Program Office (STIPO), the NASA Aeronautics & Space Database (NA&SD) will be retired and it will be replaced with a new information management system on November 22, 2013. The new system will be called NTRS Registered. Here is the STIPO announcement:
On November 22nd 2013, the NASA Aeronautics & Space Database (NA&SD) will be retired and it will be replaced with a new information management system coupled with the same search interface used for the NASA Technical Reports Servers (NTRS). The NA&SD name will also retire in favor of NTRS Registered.
As you may know, the Scientific Technical Information Program Office (STIPO) via the Center for AeroSpace Information (CASI), manages these two systems for disseminating NASA’s STI–the NA&SD for both publically available and limited content (restricted by-and-large to Federal employees and contractors) and NTRS for publically available content (available for access worldwide).
Why the change? We are transitioning to a new information management system away from several legacy technologies that have been getting more and more difficult to maintain. Supporting the new system will take less resources and more time can be allotted to improving processes as well as the user experience.
What impact will the change have on you? An immediate impact you may have already noticed is that no new content will be added to NA&SD and NTRS until the new system is in full production by the end of November. Once the NA&SD is retired, the new search interface will look and function very much like the present NTRS interface. In the initial implementation, some features of the current NA&SD will not be available in the new search interface. More information on these changes will be sent out in the next few weeks.
Is there anything you should do now? The NA&SD will be available for searching up until the day of system switchover. Your current IdMax account for NA&SD will automatically transfer to the new system, so the registration and log in process will be seamless to you. If you have any Saved Searches that you actively use in the current NA&SD, you may wish to record the search strategies in order to aid in reconstructing those searches in the new system. Saved Searches will not transfer.
The transition to the new system is a major step in improving the program’s efficiency and living up to the challenge of providing “the widest practicable and appropriate dissemination of information” (The National Aeronautics and Space Act, Pub. L. No. 111–314; 124 Stat. 3328; Dec. 18, 2010).
The JPL Library Reference staff will monitor the change, and post new information as we learn more about it.