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NVO: surveys and archiving ground-based data
Author(s): John P. Huchra
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Paper Abstract

The era of extremely large, public databases in astronomy is upon us. Such databases will open (are opening!) the field to new research and new researchers. However it is important to be sure the resources are available to properly archive groundbased astronomical data, and include the necessary quality checks and calibrations. An NVO without a proper archive will have limited usefulness. This also implies that with limited resources, not all data can or should be archived. NASA already has a very good handle on US space-based astronomical data. Agencies and organizations that operate astronomical facilities, particularly groundbased observatories, need to plan and budget for these activities now. We should not underestimate the effort required to produce high quality data products that will be useful for the broader community.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 December 2002
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 4846, Virtual Observatories, (16 December 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.461525
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John P. Huchra, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)

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

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