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Providing comprehensive and consistent access to astronomical observatory archive data: the NASA archive model
Author(s): Thomas McGlynn; Giuseppina Fabbiano; Alberto Accomazzi; Alan Smale; Richard L. White; Thomas Donaldson; Alessandra Aloisi; Theresa Dower; Joseph M. Mazzerella; Rick Ebert; Olga Pevunova; David Imel; Graham B. Berriman; Harry I. Teplitz; Steve L. Groom; Vandana R. Desai; Walter Landry
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Paper Abstract

Since the turn of the millennium a constant concern of astronomical archives have begun providing data to the public through standardized protocols unifying data from disparate physical sources and wavebands across the electromagnetic spectrum into an astronomical virtual observatory (VO). In October 2014, NASA began support for the NASA Astronomical Virtual Observatories (NAVO) program to coordinate the efforts of NASA astronomy archives in providing data to users through implementation of protocols agreed within the International Virtual Observatory Alliance (IVOA). A major goal of the NAVO collaboration has been to step back from a piecemeal implementation of IVOA standards and define what the appropriate presence for the US and NASA astronomy archives in the VO should be. This includes evaluating what optional capabilities in the standards need to be supported, the specific versions of standards that should be used, and returning feedback to the IVOA, to support modifications as needed.

We discuss a standard archive model developed by the NAVO for data archive presence in the virtual observatory built upon a consistent framework of standards defined by the IVOA. Our standard model provides for discovery of resources through the VO registries, access to observation and object data, downloads of image and spectral data and general access to archival datasets. It defines specific protocol versions, minimum capabilities, and all dependencies. The model will evolve as the capabilities of the virtual observatory and needs of the community change.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 July 2016
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 9910, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems VI, 99100A (18 July 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2231438
Show Author Affiliations
Thomas McGlynn, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Giuseppina Fabbiano, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)
Alberto Accomazzi, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)
Alan Smale, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Richard L. White, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Thomas Donaldson, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Alessandra Aloisi, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Theresa Dower, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Joseph M. Mazzerella, Infrared Processing and Analysis Ctr. (United States)
California Institute of Technology (United States)
Rick Ebert, Infrared Processing and Analysis Ctr. (United States)
California Institute of Technology (United States)
Olga Pevunova, Infrared Processing and Analysis Ctr. (United States)
California Institute of Technology (United States)
David Imel, Infrared Processing and Analysis Ctr. (United States)
California Institute of Technology (United States)
Graham B. Berriman, Infrared Processing and Analysis Ctr. (United States)
California Institute of Technology (United States)
Harry I. Teplitz, Infrared Processing and Analysis Ctr. (United States)
California Institute of Technology (United States)
Steve L. Groom, Infrared Processing and Analysis Ctr. (United States)
California Institute of Technology (United States)
Vandana R. Desai, Infrared Processing and Analysis Ctr. (United States)
California Institute of Technology (United States)
Walter Landry, Infrared Processing and Analysis Ctr. (United States)
California Institute of Technology (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9910:
Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems VI
Alison B. Peck; Robert L. Seaman; Chris R. Benn, Editor(s)

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