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A Virtual Observatory Vision based on Publishing and Virtual Data

Williams, Roy and Moore, Reagan and Hanisch, Robert (2004) A Virtual Observatory Vision based on Publishing and Virtual Data. Caltech CACR , Pasadena, California. (Unpublished)

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We would like to propose a vision of the Virtual Observatory where the "killer-app" is seen to be generalizing and extending the idea of "publication" from the narrow meaning of peer-reviewed journals. Here, publication ranges from private temporary storage, to group access, to public access, through to data that supports peer-reviewed Journal papers in perpetuity. The publication model is further extended by the possibility of Virtual Data -- where only the method of computation is stored, not necessarily the data itself. Furthermore, virtual data products may depend on other virtual data products, creating an implicit network of on-demand computation. This computation may take huge resources, or it may be all within a laptop.

Item Type:Report or Paper (Other)
Group:Center for Advanced Computing Research
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Deposited On:16 Nov 2004
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