AAS 204: 52.04
The Virtual Solar Observatory
Richard S. Bogart
The Virtual Solar Observatory is a lightweight system integrating the
search and request functions of multiple solar data archives.
It includes a data registry with which archives describe their
capabilities and data holdings in very general terms; a prescribed
protocol for communicating queries to and query results from each
archive; a data model and API for construction of generalized searches
and data requests (still to be refined); and sample user interfaces.
With the exception of the small data registry,
all VSO functions and services are designed to be fully distributed.
The VSO has been implemented initially with four archives: the Solar Data
Analysis Center at NASA-GSFC, the Digital Library of the National Solar
Observatory, the Stanford Helioseismology Archive, and the Yohkoh data
archive of Montana State University. It is designed to be easily
extensible, with no special database requirements on the servers.
Incorporation of additional data archives is now underway.
Monday, 24-May-2004 15:21:42 PDT