||Using AladinLite and HiPS as a Visual Frontend in Traditional Archive Interfaces
||522, Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems XXVII
||McGlynn, T.; Pelletier, B.; Smale, A.; McDonald, L.
||Traditional archive web interfaces allow users to extract information by
specifying position, time and other constraints and finding data
from the observations that meet them. Until recently these interfaces
have primarily been text based, unlike CLI tools which often have
quite sophisticated GUI interfaces allowing graphical data selection.
MAST Data Portal and ESASky have begun to close the gap between web
and CLI tools.
generic interface with data stored in the VO Hierarchical
Progressive Survey (HiPS) format that has been used within these tools.
In this paper we discuss our effort to add a visual front-end
to our more traditional textual archive interfaces using AladinLite.
There are two main aspects to this effort: We must develop appropriate
summary content to allow users to effectively explore
our holdings graphically, and we must develop a bridge between the
new graphical elements of our interface and the existing archive framework.
Our efforts have been quite successful and we believe that
others may find our approach useful.
We describe integration of AladinLite with our
existing and discuss the implications for
The ecology of tools that have developed around the
HiPS format is very useful.
We discuss areas where we have been able to use the existing tools
essentially unchanged, areas where we have had to build custom software,
and how we have merged the two.