Experimental Astronomy

, Volume 35, Issue 1–2, pp 187–201 | Cite as

The data zoo in Astro-WISE

  • Gijs A. Verdoes Kleijn
  • Andrey N. Belikov
  • John P. McFarland
Original Article


In this paper we describe the way the Astro-WISE information system (or simply Astro-WISE) supports the data from a wide range of instruments and combines multiple surveys and their catalogues. Astro-WISE allows ingesting of data from any optical instrument, survey or catalogue, processing of this data to create new catalogues and bringing in data from different surveys into a single catalogue, keeping all dependencies back to the original data. Full data lineage is kept on each step of compiling a new catalogue with an ability to add a new data source recursively. With these features, Astro-WISE allows not only combining and retrieving data from multiple surveys, but performing scientific data reduction and data mining down to the rawest data in the data processing chain within a single environment.


Astronomical data model Information system Data processing Astronomical surveys 



The authors are very pleased to acknowledge the pioneering work by Edwin A. Valentijn, Kor G. Begeman, Danny R. Boxhoorn, Erik R. Deul and Roeland Rengelink in creating the OmegaCAM data model. This work laid the basis for the common data model in Astro-WISE.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gijs A. Verdoes Kleijn
    • 1
  • Andrey N. Belikov
    • 1
  • John P. McFarland
    • 1
  1. 1.Kapteyn Astronomical InstituteUniversity of GroningenAV GroningenThe Netherlands

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