Original Article

Experimental Astronomy

, Volume 35, Issue 1, pp 25-44

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The Kilo-Degree Survey

  • Jelte T. A. de JongAffiliated withLeiden Observatory, Leiden University
  • , Gijs A. Verdoes KleijnAffiliated withKapteyn Astronomical Institute, University of Groningen Email author 
  • , Konrad H. KuijkenAffiliated withLeiden Observatory, Leiden University
  • , Edwin A. ValentijnAffiliated withKapteyn Astronomical Institute, University of Groningen
  • , KiDS and Astro-WISE Consortiums


The Kilo Degree Survey (KiDS) is a 1500 square degree optical imaging survey with the recently commissioned OmegaCAM wide-field imager on the VLT Survey Telescope (VST). A suite of data products will be delivered to the European Southern Observatory (ESO) and the community by the KiDS survey team. Spread over Europe, the KiDS team uses Astro-WISE as its main tool to collaborate efficiently and pool hardware resources. In Astro-WISE the team shares, calibrates and archives all survey data. The data-centric architectural design realizes a dynamic ‘live archive’ in which new KiDS survey products of improved quality can be shared with the team and eventually the full astronomical community in a flexible and controllable manner.


Wide-field imaging Survey system VLT/VST Weak gravitational lensing Photometric redshifts