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Paper: Chapter 33: How to Make a VO-Aware Tool or Service
Volume: 382, The National Virtual Observatory: Tools and Techniques for Astronomical Research
Page: 353
Authors: Fitzpatrick, M.J.
Abstract: The Virtual Observatory changes the way astronomers and programmers approach data analysis, not only because of the diversity of data readily available, but also because those data are now as likely to be on the Internet as on the astronomer‛s workstation. A VO-aware application is able to access remote data using standard protocols and combine them with local data, creating a more powerful, and scientifically efficient, analysis tool for the astronomer. New applications can be built with VO protocols in mind, and legacy applications can be retrofitted in a number of ways to use VO protocols and services. In this chapter, I discuss the functionality needed by an application to work in the VO environment, features and shortcomings to look for in a VO interface, and the issues one needs to address to make proper use of VO data.
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