Experimental Astronomy

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The Astro-WISE datacentric information system

  • K. Begeman
  • A. N. Belikov
  • D. R. Boxhoorn
  • E. A. Valentijn
Original Article


In this paper we present the various concepts behind the Astro-WISE Information System. The concepts form a blueprint for general scientific information systems (WISE) which can satisfy a wide and challenging range of requirements for the data dissemination, storage and processing for various fields in science. We review the main features of the information system and its practical implementation.


Data grid Grid computing Information system Middleware 



Astro-WISE is an on-going project which started from a FP5 RTD programme funded by the EC Action “Enhancing Access to Research Infrastructures”. This work was performed as part of the Target project. Target project is supported by Samenwerkingsverband Noord Nederland. It operates under the auspices of Sensor Universe. It is also financially supported by the European fund for Regional Development and the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Pieken in de Delta, the Province of Groningen and the Province of Drenthe.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • K. Begeman
    • 1
  • A. N. Belikov
    • 1
  • D. R. Boxhoorn
    • 1
  • E. A. Valentijn
    • 1
  1. 1.Kapteyn Astronomical InstituteUniversity of GroningenGroningenThe Netherlands

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