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Data interface control at the European Southern Observatory
Author(s): Adam Dobrzycki; Nausicaa Delmotte; Nathalie Rossat; Benoit Pirenne; Carla Avelans; Norbert Rainer
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Paper Abstract

The European Southern Observatory (ESO) manages numerous telescopes which use various types of instruments and readout detectors. The data flow process at ESO's observatories involves several steps: telescope setup, data acquisition (science, calibration and test), pipeline processing, quality control, archivisation, distribution of data to the users. Well defined interfaces are vital for the smooth operation of such complex structures. Also, the future expansion of ESO operations - such as development of new observatories (e.g. ALMA) and supporting the Virtual Observatory (VO) - will make maintenance of data interfaces even more critical. In this paper we present the overview of the current status of the Data Interface Control process at ESO and discuss the future expansion plans.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 September 2004
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 5493, Optimizing Scientific Return for Astronomy through Information Technologies, (16 September 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.551423
Show Author Affiliations
Adam Dobrzycki, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Nausicaa Delmotte, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Nathalie Rossat, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Benoit Pirenne, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Carla Avelans, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Norbert Rainer, European Southern Observatory (Germany)


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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