AAS 200th meeting, Albuquerque, NM, June 2002
Session 58. Source Surveys, Catalogs, Database Techniques
Display, Wednesday, June 5, 2002, 10:00am-7:00pm, SW Exhibit Hall

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[58.05] Building a Virtual Solar Observatory: I Look Around and There's a Petabyte Following Me

J.B. Gurman (NASA Goddard), R. Bogart (Stanford U.), F. Hill (National Solar Observatory), P. Martens (Montana State U.)

The 2001 July NASA Senior Review of Sun-Earth Connections missions and data centers directed the Solar Data Analysis Center (SDAC) to proceed in studying and implementing a Virtual Solar Observatory (VSO) to ease the identification of and access to distributed archives of solar data. Any such design (cf. the National Virtual Observatory and NASA’s Planetary Data System) consists of three elements: the distributed archives, a ‘’broker’’ facility that translates metadata from all partner archives into a single standard for searches, and a user interface to allow searching, browsing, and download of data.

Three groups are now engaged in a six-month study that will produce a candidate design and implementation roadmap for the VSO. We hope to proceed with the construction of a prototype VSO in US fiscal year 2003, with fuller deployment dependent on community reaction to and use of the capability. We therefore invite as broad as possible public comment and involvement, and invite interested parties to a “birds of a feather” session at this meeting.

VSO is partnered with the European Grid of Solar Observations (EGSO), and if successful, we hope to be able to offer the VSO as the basis for the solar component of a Living With a Star data system.

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