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Radio data archiving system
Author(s): C. Knapic; A. Zanichelli; E. Dovgan; M. Nanni; M. Stagni; S. Righini; M. Sponza; F. Bedosti; A. Orlati; R. Smareglia
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Paper Abstract

Radio Astronomical Data models are becoming very complex since the huge possible range of instrumental configurations available with the modern Radio Telescopes. What in the past was the last frontiers of data formats in terms of efficiency and flexibility is now evolving with new strategies and methodologies enabling the persistence of a very complex, hierarchical and multi-purpose information. Such an evolution of data models and data formats require new data archiving techniques in order to guarantee data preservation following the directives of Open Archival Information System and the International Virtual Observatory Alliance for data sharing and publication. Currently, various formats (FITS, MBFITS, VLBI's XML description files and ancillary files) of data acquired with the Medicina and Noto Radio Telescopes can be stored and handled by a common Radio Archive, that is planned to be released to the (inter)national community by the end of 2016. This state-of-the-art archiving system for radio astronomical data aims at delegating as much as possible to the software setting how and where the descriptors (metadata) are saved, while the users perform user-friendly queries translated by the web interface into complex interrogations on the database to retrieve data. In such a way, the Archive is ready to be Virtual Observatory compliant and as much as possible user-friendly.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 July 2016
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 9913, Software and Cyberinfrastructure for Astronomy IV, 99132D (26 July 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2232603
Show Author Affiliations
C. Knapic, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Trieste (Italy)
A. Zanichelli, INAF - Istituto di Radioastronomia (Italy)
E. Dovgan, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Trieste (Italy)
Jožef Stefan Institute (Slovenia)
M. Nanni, INAF - Istituto di Radioastronomia (Italy)
M. Stagni, INAF - Istituto di Radioastronomia (Italy)
S. Righini, INAF - Istituto di Radioastronomia (Italy)
M. Sponza, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Trieste (Italy)
F. Bedosti, INAF - Istituto di Radioastronomia (Italy)
A. Orlati, INAF - Istituto di Radioastronomia (Italy)
R. Smareglia, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Trieste (Italy)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9913:
Software and Cyberinfrastructure for Astronomy IV
Gianluca Chiozzi; Juan C. Guzman, Editor(s)

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