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Palomar-QUEST: A case study in designing sky surveys in the VO era

Graham, Matthew J. and Williams, Roy and Djorgovski, S. G. and Mahabal, Ashish and Baltay, Charles and Rabinowitz, Dave and Bauer, Anne and Snyder, Jeff and Morgan, Nick and Andrews, Peter and Szalay, Alexander S. and Brunner, Robert J. and Musser, Jim (2004) Palomar-QUEST: A case study in designing sky surveys in the VO era. In: Astronomical Data Analysis Software & Systems XIV, 24-27 October 2004, Pasadena, CA.

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The advent of wide-area multicolour synoptic sky surveys is leading to data sets unprecedented in size, complexity and data through- put. VO technology offers a way to exploit these to the full but re- quires changes in design philosophy. The Palomar-QUEST survey is a major new survey being undertaken by Caltech, Yale, JPL and Indi- ana University to repeatedly observe 1/3 of the sky (∼ 15000 sq. deg. between –27° ≤ δ ≤ 27°) in seven passbands. Utilising the 48-inch Oschin Schmidt Telescope at the Palomar Observatory with the 112-CCD QUEST camera covering the full 4° x 4° field of view, it will generate ∼ 1TB of data per month. In this paper, we review the design of QUEST as a VO resource, a federated data set and an exemplar of VO standards.

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Graham, Matthew J.0000-0002-3168-0139
Djorgovski, S. G.0000-0002-0603-3087
Mahabal, Ashish0000-0003-2242-0244
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