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AstroGrid: powering science from multistreamed data
Author(s): Nicholas A. Walton; Andrew Lawrence; Anthony E. Linde
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Paper Abstract

The AstroGrid ( project is developing a virtual observatory capability to support efficient and effective exploitation of key astronomical data sets of importance to the UK community. It's initial focus is providing the necessary data-grid infrastructure and data-mining tools to support data generated by projects such as WFCAM, VISTA, e-MERLIN, SOHO and Cluster. AstroGrid is a partnership formed by UK archive centres and astronomical computer scientists. Key capabilities of AstroGrid enable multi-disciplinary astronomy, making use of data streams from frontline astronomical instrumentation. This paper presents the development and deployment plans of AstroGrid, describing the products and capabilities already released through the fifth project iteration release. Use of these in early adopter science programmes is noted. AstroGrid is a strongly science driven project that aims to deploy relevant aspects of Grid and Data-Grid technologies. These are discussed here, with an in-depth treatment of specific AstroGrid technological developments to support e.g. collaborative workspaces in the form of MySpace, being discussed elsewhere in this conference. Finally, AstroGrid's close involvement in broader European initiatives, the Astrophysical Virtual Observatory (AVO) and the International Virtual Observatory Alliance (IVOA) is highlighted.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 September 2004
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 5493, Optimizing Scientific Return for Astronomy through Information Technologies, (16 September 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.550906
Show Author Affiliations
Nicholas A. Walton, Institute of Astronomy/Univ. of Cambridge (United Kingdom)
Andrew Lawrence, Royal Observatory/Univ. of Edinburgh (United Kingdom)
Anthony E. Linde, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5493:
Optimizing Scientific Return for Astronomy through Information Technologies
Peter J. Quinn; Alan Bridger, Editor(s)

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