Data products described in this SIS were produced by members of the MESSENGER DEM Working Group for use by the MESSENGER Science Team and other members of the planetary science community. Changes to this SIS may be driven by changes to products from which the DEMs are derived and the algorithms used to produce the DEMs, and may impact the tools and methods employed by the producers and end users of the DEM products. Changes in DEM data products or this SIS may also affect the design of the DEM archive volume.
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) global DEM  was created from MDIS image data  using the Integrated Software for Imagers and Spectrometers version 3 (ISIS) toolset .
The Institute of Planetary Research, German Aerospace Center (DLR) global and regional DEMs were created from MDIS image data  using the Video Image Communication and Retrieval (VICAR) environment (http://www-mipl.jpl.nasa.gov/external/vicar.html) with additional DLR-developed programs and tools.
The Arizona State University (ASU) regional DEMs were created from MDIS image data  using the British Aerospace (BAE) SOftCopy Exploitation Toolkit (SOCET) SET software suite , with post processing using the ISIS toolset  and Geospatial Data Abstraction Library (GDAL) utilities.
The MESSENGER Data Management and Archiving Plan  defines the overarching processes and goals for generation, validation, and delivery of products from MESSENGER to the PDS in complete, well-documented, permanent data archives in a timely fashion.
MDIS is a science instrument on the MESSENGER  spacecraft, which launched on 3 August 2004 and made six planetary flybys (one of Earth, two of Venus, and three of Mercury) before entering orbit around Mercury on 18 March 2011. The primary orbital phase lasted one Earth-year and was followed by a one-year first extended mission, completed on 17 March 2013, and an additional two-year second extended mission, completed on 28 March 2015, after which a final one-month campaign concluded with the impact of the MESSENGER spacecraft, as expected, onto the surface of Mercury on 30 April 2015. Data analysis and archiving for the second extended mission and final campaign is scheduled to complete on 31 May 2016.
The MDIS instrument  consists of a monochrome narrow-angle camera (NAC) and a multispectral wide-angle camera (WAC). The NAC has a 1.5-degree field-of-view (FOV), and the WAC has a 10.5-degree FOV and a 12-color filter wheel. The characteristics and names of the WAC filters are given in Table . Only one camera operates at a time. The NAC and the WAC are coaligned and mounted on a cross-track pivoting platform for pointing flexibility and stowing. Onboard data compression provides capabilities for pixel binning, remapping of 12-bit data into 8 bits, and lossless or lossy compression. Data acquired from three Mercury flybys and during the primary and extended orbital periods of the mission provide the means to construct global monochrome and color image base maps. The DEM products described in this document were created primarily from NAC and/or WAC (particularly stereo) images as described in section 4.3 of this document. More information on the MDIS instrument and its orbital imaging is provided in [3,4].