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NOAO Science Archive
Author(s): Robert L. Seaman; Michele De La Pena; Nelson Zarate; Tod R. Lauer
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Paper Abstract

The NOAO Science Archive (NSA) is a step toward building a comprehensive scientific archive of the optical and infrared data holdings of the National Optical Astronomy Observatory. Earlier efforts included the NOAO Save the Bits archive (more properly a data store) with current raw data holdings from telescopes at both Kitt Peak National Observatory and Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory of more than 3 million images, totaling in excess of 20 terabytes. The NOAO Science Archive builds on the foundation provided by the NOAO Deep-Wide Field Survey (NDWFS) Archive that offers sophisticated analysis tools -- as well as the coherent and extensive NDWFS data set. NSA is an initiative of the NOAO Data Products Program aimed at identifying scientifically useful datasets from the large and growing NOAO holdings and making these data available to the astronomical community, while providing tools for data discovery, mining and exploration. The goals for the NSA are: to immediately create a scientifically useful archive of NOAO Survey data, to develop in-house expertise in the relevant technologies, to identify and document requirements for NOAO's future comprehensive archive by providing a design study, and to create a high level of visibility and utility for both the NOAO Archive and NOAO Surveys (for example, with web services available at The archive and associated NOAO assets are expected to grow into a resource of the National Virtual Observatory.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 December 2002
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 4846, Virtual Observatories, (16 December 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.460828
Show Author Affiliations
Robert L. Seaman, National Optical Astronomy Observatory (United States)
Michele De La Pena, National Optical Astronomy Observatory (United States)
Nelson Zarate, National Optical Astronomy Observatory (United States)
Tod R. Lauer, National Optical Astronomy Observatory (United States)

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

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