AAS Meeting #193 - Austin, Texas, January 1999
Session 13. Data Discovery Tools and Services
Display, Wednesday, January 6, 1999, 9:20am-6:30pm, Exhibit Hall 1

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[13.10] ASDS: The Astronomical Software and Documentation Service

H.E. Payne, R. J. Hanisch (STScI), Liz Bryson (CFHT)

The Astronomical Software and Documentation Service (ASDS) is a network service that allows you to find existing astronomical resources for solving your problem. ASDS started as as site devoted entirely to astronomical software packages and their associated on-line documentation. But in 1998 its scope was expanded to include astronomical observing sites and their associated telescope and instrument manuals, taken from a listing maintained by Liz Bryson. The primary objective of the telescope manuals side of ASDS is to allow astronomers to easily locate the information required when preparing an observing proposal or planning an observing session. The telescope manual service consists of two complementary collections: (1) a page of information for each site, including a short description, a link to the home page, and a list of manuals, each with its own short description, and (2) a distributed set of telescope manuals, observer guides, instrument and calibration handbooks, proposal preparation guides, etc. Both collections are indexed for full-text searching and logically grouped both for browsing and for more highly targeted searching.

We are happy to add pointers to more software packages and telescope manuals. We are especially interested in items that would otherwise be hard to find. Please stop by our poster for a chat if you have items in either category of interest to the astronomical community. Submission forms are also available on our web site, and we have a mailing list. Please note that ASDS is not an archive or distribution service.

If you would like more information about this abstract, please follow the link to http://asds.stsci.edu/. This link was provided by the author. When you follow it, you will leave the Web site for this meeting; to return, you should use the Back comand on your browser.

The author(s) of this abstract have provided an email address for comments about the abstract: payne@stsci.edu

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