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Session 91 - Working Group on Astronomical Software.
Oral session, Wednesday, January 17
Salon del Rey North, Hilton

[91.02] The Strasbourg astronomical Data Center (CDS): Current status and future trends

F. Genova, F. Bonnarel, M. Crézé, P. Dubois, D. Egret, A. Heck, G. Jasniewicz, S. Lesteven, F. Ochsenbein, M. Wenger (CDS), J. R. Watson (CfA)

The Strasbourg astronomical Data Center (CDS) has been created in 1972 with the following goals:

-- to collect useful data concerning astronomical objects, and available on electronic form, -- to improve them through comparisons, critical evaluations, and cross-identifications, -- to distribute the results to the astronomical community, -- to conduct scientific research using these data.

The concept of data center had to be extended in the context of the fastly growing number of on-line services of interest to astronomers: a key issue for the CDS is to help the users retrieving the data and information they need among the many possible sources.

We describe how the CDS works at providing a global perspective on astronomical data and information, with the help of recent technological developments.

The following items will be presented:

-- The astronomical catalogues -- The SIMBAD database of astronomical objects -- The ALADIN interactive sky atlas -- Bibliography and literature search (SIMBAD bibliography, abstracts of recent papers, Reference Dictionary of the Nomenclature of Celestial Objects) -- Yellow-Page Services (Star*s Family of Astronomy resources) -- The CDS WWW service.

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