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Chandra data archive operations: lessons learned
Author(s): Michael L. McCollough; Arnold H. Rots; Sherry L. Winkelman
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Paper Abstract

We present a discussion of the lessons learned from establishing and operating the Chandra Data Archive (CDA). We offer an overview of the archive, what preparations were done before launch, the transition to operations, actual operations, and some of the unexpected developments that had to be addressed in running the archive. From this experience we highlight some of the important issues that need to be addressed in the creation and running of an archive for a major project. Among these are the importance of data format standards; the integration of the archive with the rest of the mission; requirements throughout all phases of the mission; operational requirements; what to expect at launch; the user interfaces; how to anticipate new tasks; and overall importance of team management and organization.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 June 2006
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6270, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems, 62700O (29 June 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.672313
Show Author Affiliations
Michael L. McCollough, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)
Arnold H. Rots, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)
Sherry L. Winkelman, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6270:
Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems
David R. Silva; Rodger E. Doxsey, Editor(s)

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