AAS 204th Meeting, June 2004
Session 70 Virtual Solar Observatory
SPD Topical Related Poster, Thursday, June 3, 2004, 9:20am-4:00pm, Ballroom

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[70.01] Toward a Virtual Solar-Terrestrial Observatory

P.A. Fox, J. Garcia, P. West (HAO/NCAR)

The VSTO is proposed to be a scalable environment for searching, integrating, and analyzing databases distributed over the Internet. The VSTO would comprise a system of data, model, tool and material archives containing items from space- and ground-based instruments, individual and community modeling efforts, taken from NCAR, US universities and international sources, and from NSF- and NASA-funded groups. A key element of the VSTO is an integrated data-mining and analysis capability that can be applied both across and within databases. The capabilities of a VSTO are intended to be available to a wider community of scientists, educators, and the public and thus is intended to be a natural conduit for education and public outreach in solar solar-terrestrial and space physics. This presentation will outline the key functionality, proposed architecture and technologies that will be used in assembling the VSTO. We will also present past experience in building elements of data and collaborations system and the lessons learned. NCAR is sponsored by the National Science Foundation.

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