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Providing comprehensive and consistent access to astronomical observatory archive data: the NASA archive model

McGlynn, Thomas and Fabbiano, Giuseppina and Accomazzi, Alberto and Smale, Alan and White, Richard L. and Donaldson, Thomas and Aloisi, Alessandra and Dower, Theresa and Mazzerella, Joseph M. and Ebert, Rick and Pevunova, Olga and Imel, David and Berriman, Graham B. and Teplitz, Harry I. and Groom, Steve L. and Desai, Vandana R. and Landry, Walter (2016) Providing comprehensive and consistent access to astronomical observatory archive data: the NASA archive model. In: Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems VI. Proceedings of SPIE. No.9910. Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) , Bellingham, WA, Art. No. 99100A. ISBN 978-1-5106-0199-4.

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Since the turn of the millennium a constant concern of astronomical archives have begun providing data to the public through standardized protocols unifying data from disparate physical sources and wavebands across the electromagnetic spectrum into an astronomical virtual observatory (VO). In October 2014, NASA began support for the NASA Astronomical Virtual Observatories (NAVO) program to coordinate the efforts of NASA astronomy archives in providing data to users through implementation of protocols agreed within the International Virtual Observatory Alliance (IVOA). A major goal of the NAVO collaboration has been to step back from a piecemeal implementation of IVOA standards and define what the appropriate presence for the US and NASA astronomy archives in the VO should be. This includes evaluating what optional capabilities in the standards need to be supported, the specific versions of standards that should be used, and returning feedback to the IVOA, to support modifications as needed. We discuss a standard archive model developed by the NAVO for data archive presence in the virtual observatory built upon a consistent framework of standards defined by the IVOA. Our standard model provides for discovery of resources through the VO registries, access to observation and object data, downloads of image and spectral data and general access to archival datasets. It defines specific protocol versions, minimum capabilities, and all dependencies. The model will evolve as the capabilities of the virtual observatory and needs of the community change.

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McGlynn, Thomas0000-0003-3973-432X
Fabbiano, Giuseppina0000-0002-3554-3318
Aloisi, Alessandra0000-0003-4137-882X
Imel, David0000-0002-6118-7396
Berriman, Graham B.0000-0001-8388-534X
Teplitz, Harry I.0000-0002-7064-5424
Groom, Steve L.0000-0001-5668-3507
Desai, Vandana R.0000-0002-1340-0543
Additional Information:© 2016 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE).
Group:Infrared Processing and Analysis Center (IPAC)
Subject Keywords:Virtual observatory; data archives; standards; IVOA; NASA
Series Name:Proceedings of SPIE
Issue or Number:9910
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Official Citation:Thomas McGlynn ; Giuseppina Fabbiano ; Alberto Accomazzi ; Alan Smale ; Richard L. White ; Thomas Donaldson ; Alessandra Aloisi ; Theresa Dower ; Joseph M. Mazzerella ; Rick Ebert ; Olga Pevunova ; David Imel ; Graham B. Berriman ; Harry I. Teplitz ; Steve L. Groom ; Vandana R. Desai ; Walter Landry; Providing comprehensive and consistent access to astronomical observatory archive data: the NASA archive model. Proc. SPIE 9910, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems VI, 99100A (July 18, 2016); doi:10.1117/12.2231438.
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