XSIL: Extensible scientific interchange language

  • Kent Blackburn
  • Albert Lazzarini
  • Tom Prince
  • Roy Williams
Track C3: Computational Science
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 1593)


We motivate and define the XSIL language as a flexible, hierarchical, extensible transport language for scientific data objects. The entire object may be represented in the file, or there may be metadata in the XSIL file, with a powerful, fault-tolerant linking mechanism to external data. The language is based on XML, and is designed not only for parsing and processing by machines, but also for presentation to humans through web browsers and web-database technology. There is a natural mapping between the elements of the XSIL language and the object model into which they are translated by the parser. As well as common objects (Parameter, Array, Time, Table), we have extended XSIL to include the IGWDFrame, used by gravitational-wave observatories.


Synthetic Aperture Radar Binary File Document Type Definition Stream Element Frame Object 
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© Springer-Verlag 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • Kent Blackburn
    • 1
  • Albert Lazzarini
    • 1
  • Tom Prince
    • 1
    • 2
  • Roy Williams
    • 2
  1. 1.LIGO LaboratoryCalifornia Institute of Technology 18-34PasadenaUSA
  2. 2.Center for Advanced Computing ResearchPasadenaUSA

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