Building a re-deployable astronomy archive: challenges and solutions

Simon O'Toole*, Elizabeth Mannering, Lloyd Harischandra, Katrina Sealey

*Corresponding author for this work

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Data Central is the AAO's flagship virtual observatory service, providing a central repository for Anglo-Australian Telescope (AAT) and UK Schmidt observations, survey-team derived data products and documentation. The system brings together catalogues, imaging, spectra and data cubes from dozens of surveys, providing an intuitive interface to query, explore and cross-match data sets of national and international significance. In this presentation, we briefly introduce the current services Data Central offers including: a publication-quality image cutout service, SQL query, a Single Object Viewer bringing together data products (IFS cubes, spectra, catalogues, photometry) from crossmatched sources across multiple surveys, VO services, schema browser and team-curated documentation via an in-house CMS.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Optical Astronomical Instrumentation 2019
EditorsSimon Ellis, Céline d'Orgeville
Place of PublicationBellingham, Washington
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)9781510631472
ISBN (Print)9781510631465
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jan 2020
EventAdvances in Optical Astronomical Instrumentation 2019 - Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 9 Dec 201912 Dec 2019

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


ConferenceAdvances in Optical Astronomical Instrumentation 2019


  • ASVO
  • Cross-matching
  • Data archives
  • Data Central
  • Data products
  • Virtual Observatory
  • VO


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