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Please classify the following types of data in how important you believe it is to be able to use them to identify data sets of interest:

Uses may include searching, filtering, sorting, drilling down or other such operations as they are implemented in the future

You see no reason in ever needing to use this data type
You don't know, or don't care about uses for this data type
You can't think of immediate use, but have a vague feeling that there might be
You can see some occassional uses for this data type
You can think of reasons to use this data type on a regular basis
You would have a hard time describing data sets without this data type
Data Type Example Useless Unknown Maybe Slight Moderate Very
Observation Time between 2004-01-01 and 2004-01-02; includes 2004-01-01 14:00
Observation Duration one hour or less; more than 6 hours
Time Series Information cadence greater than than 60 seconds
Observation Type Intensity or Line Strength; in situ; Spectral Irradiance
Detector General Location terrestrial, spacecraft
Useless Unknown Maybe Slight Moderate Very
Detector Specific Location SOHO; Big Bear; Argentina
Detector or Instrument Name EIT; HXS; MOF/60
Detector or Instrument Purpose observes interplanetary Lyman alpha radiation; collecting emission measures of hot plasma
Detector Age All detectors commissioned in 2004
Detector Resolution better than 1 megapixel; 128 channel counter
Useless Unknown Maybe Slight Moderate Very
Observed area full-disk; corona; [specific sun-location]
General Spectral Band high-energy; near-visible; radio
Specific Spectral Range infrared; between 10 and 50 keV; includes 60Hz
Spectral Sampling narrowband; broadband
Helioseismic Information []
Useless Unknown Maybe Slight Moderate Very
Global Acoustic Mode Sampling []
Known Events within one hour of a CME
People PI or observer is 'Bob Smith'
Spatial Sampling []
Data Format ASCII, FITS, JPEG, graphs, pictures
Useless Unknown Maybe Slight Moderate Very
Data Location GSFC, SHA, NOAA, ESA
Data size smaller than 10MB
Level of Processing only Level0 data
Data Quality greater than 0.5
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