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Paper: Results from ESA Astronomy Space Science Archives User Survey
Page: 101
Authors: Baines, D.; de Marchi, G.; Merín, B.; Steltzer, B.; Bouy, H.; Conselice, C.; Georgantopoulos, I.; Larsen, S.; Miville-Deschenes, M.; Savaglio, S.; Villaver, E.
Abstract: The majority of ESA's space science missions' archives are developed and maintained by the ESAC Science Data Centre (ESDC), in coordination with the science operations centres, the instrument teams and the consortia of the various missions. On the astronomy side, these include eight ESA archives (for missions in operations or legacy phase) and ESASky, the all-sky science exploration interface, which provides easy access to high-level science data from the ESA archives and archives from major space-based and ground-based observatories. In mid 2019, a survey requesting feedback on the ESA astronomy archives and ESASky was initiated by the ESA Astronomy Archives User Group and announced to the astronomy community via various channels. This paper presents the main results from the survey: The overall level of satisfaction manifested by the survey participants is high and is an improvement on the level of satisfaction expressed by participants in the 2011 survey (68% satisfied or very satisfied versus 60%). Individual responses express appreciation of the recent development efforts by the ESDC, highlights being e.g. the ESASky tool and ADQL queries. The future developments identified as highest priority include advanced web-based visualization and cut-out services; astroquery modules; advanced ADQL queries; and access to science platforms.
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