AAS 201st Meeting, January, 2003
Session 76. Astronomers and Their Tools
Poster, Wednesday, January 8, 2003, 9:20am-6:30pm, Exhibit Hall AB

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[76.04] Creation and Manipulation tools for Machine Readable Tables in the AAS Journals

G.J. Schwarz (AAS Journals Staff Scientist), R.C. Kennicutt (Editor-in-Chief, ApJ), P.W. Hodge (AJ Editor)

Electronic publishing makes it possible to efficiently archive scientific contents that never could be reproduced on a printed page. The AAS Journals now support several types of supplementary materials for posting with their electronic editions. The Journals now support source codes, MPEG animations, online only color figures, supplementary figures, and machine readable tables. One of the most popular types utilized by authors are the machine readable tables which are formatted ASCII tables. These tables are preceded by meta-data headers to provide format and content information for the reader. The meta-data headers are analogous to the README files of CDS/VizieR catalog tables and follow the same standards and conventions. The machine readable format is ideal for long tables for both authors and readers. Authors save in reduced page charges by publishing only a short example in print and the full dataset in the electronic edition. Readers have access to the data in a format which can be easily read into a computer.

By the end of 2002 there will be over 700 papers posted in the AAS Journals with machine readable tables. In addition, the machine readable tables in these papers are currently accessed on average 20 times each day. As more people become aware of these electronic tables there is a need to have author and user tools available. I will demo two web utilities that 1) allows authors to create their own machine readable tables and 2) lets readers manipulate posted tables.

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

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