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Applications of the ESO metadata database
Author(s): Myha Vuong; Alexis Brion; Adam Dobrzycki; Jean-Christophe Malapert; Christophe Moins
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Paper Abstract

We have designed a metadata database containing all information stored in almost 10 million FITS file headers using Sybase IQ server. This repository includes metadata from raw observation frames and from the science and calibration pipeline products produced by the ESO Quality Control group. We present a few illustrative applications using data stored in this database. One of the applications which is very attractive to the astronomical community is the possibility to access the FITS headers with up-to-date information coming directly from the database using the ESO Archive interface. The keyword repository can also feed local tables and/or views for specific uses, such as instrument specific tables, which contain parameters specific to particular instruments used in archive queries. Finally, the ESO observation keyword repository supports Virtual Observatory applications with the meta-data needed by visualisation tools, such as VirGO or Aladin.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 July 2008
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7016, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems II, 70161M (12 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.789682
Show Author Affiliations
Myha Vuong, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Alexis Brion, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Adam Dobrzycki, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Jean-Christophe Malapert, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Christophe Moins, European Southern Observatory (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7016:
Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems II
Roger J. Brissenden; David R. Silva, Editor(s)

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