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Paper: Arches Walker
Volume: 512, Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems XXV
Page: 499
Authors: Michel, L.; Motch, C.; Gomez-Moran, A. N.; Schaaff, A.
Abstract: ARCHES is a 3-year project funded by the FP7 European Community programme and ending in December 2015. It aims at producing well-characterised multi-wavelength data in the form of spectral energy distribution for large sets of objects extracted from the XMM-Newton source catalogue. These multi-wavelength data will help the scientific community in the exploration of a wide range of forefront astrophysical questions. Public outreach is an important activity of EC funded projects. After evaluating several ideas we have adopted the concept of an Arches Walker which provides an attractive way to display featured sky objects at different wavelengths. The description of the objects is stored in a simple corpus whereas the sky views are provided by HIPS maps published by the CDS. Arches Walker can be run from a WEB page as well as in a booth mode where the view of both images and data is remotely controlled by a dedicated application running on an Android tablet. The data corpus can easily be adapted to the targeted audience (object sample, language, education level) and any modification is automatically propagated to the Android controller. We are now in the dissemination process. The Arches Walker prototype has already been presented to a general audience and the first public release has been issued. The product is now available for the outreach community (planetarium, public center...).
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