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Paper: The XCatDB, a Rich 3XMM Catalogue Interface
Volume: 495, Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems XXIV (ADASS XXIV)
Page: 173
Authors: Michel, L.; Grisé, F.; Motch, C.; Gomez-Moran, A. N.
Abstract: The last release of the XMM catalog, the 3XMM-DR4 published in July 2013, is the largest X-ray catalog ever built. It includes lots of data products such as spectra, time series, images, previews, and extractions of archival catalogs matching the position of X-ray sources. The Strasbourg Observatory built an original interface called XCatDB. It was designed to make the best of this wide set of related products with an emphasis on the images. Besides, it offers an easy access to all other catalog parameters. Users can select data with very elaborate queries and can process them with online services such as an X-ray spectral fitting routine. The combination of all these features allows the users to select data of interest to the naked eye as well as to filter catalog parameters. Data selections can be picked out for further scientific analysis thanks to an interface operating external VO clients. The XcatDB has been developed with Saada.
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