INES: Astronomy Data Distribution for the Future
Authors: Wamsteker, W.; Skillen, I.; Ponz, J.D.; de la Fuente, A.; Barylak, M.; Yurrita, I.
Source: Astrophysics and Space Science, Volume 273, Numbers 1-4, September 2000 , pp. 155-161(7)
Abstract:We describe here the structure under which the IUE Project will leave its archive at the completion of the distribution system and final data processing, within the INES system. The INES system is a total system, which comprises both the data in their final bulk processing mode for direct application to scientific analysis, as well as the software driving the distributed service for data retrieval directly by the end user. As a consequence of the expected long-term usage and support needs, it has been designed to require minimum maintenance costs and will not suffer single point failures because of the distributed nature. Integration of the INES system in a more general multi-wavelength archive for specialized analysis is anticipated to be relatively easy, so further evolution of the data availability will be driven fully by the users community and will evolve as the data needs of the community develop. The long term responsibility will be transferred from ESA to the astronomical community through the establishment of the INES Principal Centre at the LAEFF Institute of INTA in Spain.
Document Type: Regular Paper
Affiliations: ESA IUE Observatory, Villafranca, P.O. Box 50727, 28080 Madrid, Spain
Publication date: 2000-09-01