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Archive systems for the TNG telescope: lessons learned in the VO perspective
Author(s): Riccardo Smareglia; Fabio Pasian; Andrea Zacchei; Alessandro Caproni; Claudio Vuerli; Giuseppe Longo; Ugo Becciani; Claudio Gheller
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Paper Abstract

The Italian National "Galileo" Telescope (Telescopio Nazionale "Galileo" - TNG) is a 3.5m telescope located at La Palma, in the Canary islands, which has seen first light in 1998. Available TNG subsystems include four first-generation instruments, plus adaptive optics, meteo and seeing towers; the control and data handling systems are tightly coupled allowing a smooth data flow while preserving integrity. As a part of the data handling systems, the production of a local "Archive at the Telescope" (AaT) is included, and the production of database tables and hard media for the TNG Long-Term Archive (LTA) is supported. The implementation of a LTA prototype has been recently terminated, and the implementation of its operational version is being planned by the Italian National Institute for Astrophysics (INAF). A description of the AaT and prototype LTA systems are given, including their data handling/archiving and data retrieval capabilities. A discussion of system features and lessons learned is also included, with particular reference to the issues of completeness and data quality. These issues are of particular importance in the perspective of the preparation of a national facility for the archives of data from ground-based telescopes, and its possible inclusion as a data provider in the Virtual Observatory framework.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 December 2002
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 4846, Virtual Observatories, (16 December 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.460827
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Riccardo Smareglia, Osservatorio Astronomico di Trieste (Italy)
Fabio Pasian, Osservatorio Astronomico di Trieste (Italy)
Andrea Zacchei, Osservatorio Astronomico di Trieste (Italy)
Alessandro Caproni, Osservatorio Astronomico di Trieste (Italy)
Ctr. Galileo Galilei (Italy)
Claudio Vuerli, Osservatorio Astronomico di Trieste (Italy)
Giuseppe Longo, Univ. degli Studi di Napoli Federico II (Italy)
Ugo Becciani, Osservatorio Astrofisico (Italy)
Claudio Gheller, CINECA (Italy)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4846:
Virtual Observatories
Alexander S. Szalay, Editor(s)

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