IA2 Services

The services that the IA2 will supply (by maintaining existing software or by implementing new tools) are:
  • Filling the database with the observational logs;

  • Filling the archive with housekeeping data in FITS format;

  • Filling the archive with scientific data in FITS format;

  • Maintaining the interfaces (Interface Control Documents - ICDs) with the data providers (telescopes and instruments);

  • Providing standard quality control on the data, through procedures arranged with the data providers;

  • Providing quality control of long period (trend analysis) on the data, through procedures arranged with the data providers; 

  • Providing a "Name Server" to convert the name of an object in coordinates and vice versa; 

  • Providing a "Data Organizer" to associate to any scientific exposure its “best” calibration files, through procedures arranged with the data providers and/or with the national grid for the photometric data (GriPho);

  • Providing a conversion service among different systems of coordinates (through Web Services); 

  • Providing tools to search the information in the DB through defined keys, on the base of parameters corresponding to the keywords of the headers FITS;

  • Allowing data retrieval according to international standards (VOTables);

  • Providing a Web based user interface;

  • Providing a graphic utility for the visualization of the data extracted by the database;

  • Providing an utility for the visualization of the observed data;

  • Providing a management tool of the user’s requests to define the duration of each request, to define its priorities, to manage a queue of requests, and to notify the conclusion of the request to the user;

  • Providing a pre-reduction of the data (if needed) using procedures provided by the GriPho collaboration;

  • Distributing data to the users via the network;

  • Distributing data to the users on optical support (CD or DVD);

  • Maintaining the interfaces with the International Virtual Observatory;

  • Coordinating with the Italian grid for the astronomical research (DRACO now VObs.it);

  • Coordinating with the Italian grid for the photometric data (GriPho)


This list of services is a section of the IA2  Response document.