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FITS: A Remarkable Achievement in Information Exchange

  • E. W. Greisen
Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 285)

Abstract

The FITS format is a remarkable achievement in information handling and sharing. Astronomy is alone among the sciences in having an international data interchange format that is used by virtually all scientists and institutions in the field. The technical and sociological reasons for this success are discussed and a few of the many remarkable scientific results made possible by this information handling are described.

Keywords

Radio Source Radio Galaxy Hubble Space Telescope World Coordinate System Logical Record 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. W. Greisen
    • 1
  1. 1.National Radio Astronomy ObservatorySocorroUSA

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