OmegaCAM, a 16k×16k-pixel wide field optical camera, and the VLT Survey Telescope (VST) that is to host it, will constitute a major sky surveying machine that becomes operational in 2004 at ESO’s Paranal Observatory. It maps one square degree of sky with 0.21 arcsec sized pixels. Both individual programs, including monitoring programs, and large sky survey programs are planned. Here we present the integrated design of the VST-OmegaCAM survey machine, including the hardware (large filters and shutter, cf(4836-34)), the VLT compliant control software (cf(4848-10)) and the strongly procedurized observing and calibration strategies. The strict data taking procedures facilitate pipeline data reduction procedures both for the calibration and the science data. In turn, the strongly procedurized data handling allows European-wide federations of data-products. The ASTRO-WISE consortium aims to provide a survey system that makes this possible. On-the-fly re-processing of archival data on the request of individual users with their own plug-ins or newly derived calibrations sets are facilitated in an internationally distributed system. Compared to the classical more static wide-field image archives the newly designed system is characterized by a much more dynamical type of archiving.