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Paper: What Happened to the Results?
Volume: 77, Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems IV
Page: 155
Authors: Ansari, S. G.; Micol, A.
Abstract: The archiving process stops at the point where a Principle Investigator program or a survey that produces a catalogue has been carried out. No further contact to the actual observer(s) is kept after they have received their data. In recent years only one single archive has made an effort to scan the publications and collect references for each dataset to build a publications archive. The International Ultraviolet Explorer (IUE) database provides these links between the actual observation and the publication reference. In this paper we propose the establishment of a link between the actual observation made and the science that has been carried out with it. The merit of having such a link is obvious. The current trend has only gone into providing quality flags in mission logs giving some indication as to whether an acquisition is useful or not. If, however, a publication is linked to the actual observation, an archive user may immediately refer to a particular paper that may provide more details as to what science may have been achieved with it. This way, archives can be used more efficiently and a judgment on using data in an archive can be made on the basis of previous work carried out.
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