Data in Astronomy: From the Pipeline to the Virtual Observatory

  • André Schaaff
Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-540-77010-7_6

Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4832)
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Schaaff A. (2007) Data in Astronomy: From the Pipeline to the Virtual Observatory. In: Weske M., Hacid MS., Godart C. (eds) Web Information Systems Engineering – WISE 2007 Workshops. WISE 2007. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 4832. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg


Up to a recent time, numbers of projects did not make available to the whole community the data resulting from the spatial or terrestrial missions. Since the advent of new technologies, the interoperability between the data and service providers has become a priority because it allows an easy access and sharing of various data (catalogues, images, spectrum ...) and it leads to the concept of Virtual Observatory. The astronomer will in a near future have new “virtual” instruments useful for his research through simple Web interfaces or user friendly tools. Collaborations are essential in order to lead to the consensuses and the bases necessary for its construction. National (OV France, U.S. NVO...) and transnational (ESA, ESO) projects have joined together within the International Virtual Observatory Alliance to take part in the development of Recommendations in various fields (Data Model, Data Access Layer, Semantics, Grid, etc.) through biannual dedicated conferences.


astronomy massive data Virtual Observatory interoperability value added services Life Sciences 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • André Schaaff
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  1. 1.Observatoire Astronomique, 11 rue de l’Université 67000 StrasbourgFrance

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