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Telescope networking and user support via Remote Telescope Markup Language
Author(s): Frederic V. Hessman; Carlton R. Pennypacker; Encarni Romero-Colmenero; Georg Tuparev
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Paper Abstract

Remote Telescope Markup Language (RTML) is an XML-based interface/document format designed to facilitate the exchange of astronomical observing requests and results between investigators and observatories as well as within networks of observatories. While originally created to support simple imaging telescope requests (Versions 1.0-2.1), RTML Version 3.0 now supports a wide range of applications, from request preparation, exposure calculation, spectroscopy, and observation reports to remote telescope scheduling, target-of-opportunity observations and telescope network administration. The elegance of RTML is that all of this is made possible using a public XML Schema which provides a general-purpose, easily parsed, and syntax-checked medium for the exchange of astronomical and user information while not restricting or otherwise constraining the use of the information at either end. Thus, RTML can be used to connect heterogeneous systems and their users without requiring major changes in existing local resources and procedures. Projects as very different as a number of advanced amateur observatories, the global Hands-On Universe project, the MONET network (robotic imaging), the STELLA consortium (robotic spectroscopy), and the 11-m Southern African Large Telescope are now using or intending to use RTML in various forms and for various purposes.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 September 2004
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5496, Advanced Software, Control, and Communication Systems for Astronomy, (15 September 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.547429
Show Author Affiliations
Frederic V. Hessman, Georg-August-Univ. Gottingen (Germany)
Carlton R. Pennypacker, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (United States)
Encarni Romero-Colmenero, South African Astronomical Observatory (South Africa)
Georg Tuparev, Tuparev Technologies (Netherlands)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5496:
Advanced Software, Control, and Communication Systems for Astronomy
Hilton Lewis; Gianni Raffi, Editor(s)

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