18 July 2016 Providing comprehensive and consistent access to astronomical observatory archive data: the NASA archive model
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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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Thomas McGlynn, Thomas McGlynn, Giuseppina Fabbiano, Giuseppina Fabbiano, Alberto Accomazzi, Alberto Accomazzi, Alan Smale, Alan Smale, Richard L. White, Richard L. White, Thomas Donaldson, Thomas Donaldson, Alessandra Aloisi, Alessandra Aloisi, Theresa Dower, Theresa Dower, Joseph M. Mazzerella, Joseph M. Mazzerella, Rick Ebert, Rick Ebert, Olga Pevunova, Olga Pevunova, David Imel, David Imel, Graham B. Berriman, Graham B. Berriman, Harry I. Teplitz, Harry I. Teplitz, Steve L. Groom, Steve L. Groom, Vandana R. Desai, Vandana R. Desai, Walter Landry, 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 (18 July 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2231438; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2231438


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