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Paper: Designing a Data Model for the Virtual Observatory
Volume: 314, Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems XIII
Page: 277
Authors: Cresitello-Dittmar, M.; DePonte Evans, J.; Evans, I.; Harris, M.; Lowe, S.; McDowell, J.C.; Rots, A.H.
Abstract: The goal of the Virtual Observatory is to make astronomical data more accessible and to provide the means to more easily analyze that data. Currently, archives hold analogous data in a variety of different representations, which impedes interoperability at the data analysis stage.

An important element of the VO is a data model that can unambiguously represent the relationships between data values and physical properties. At the CfA we are developing a data model design that can support the representation, analysis and display of data collected on different types of instruments. This model is a common, high-level framework of general-purpose components for fusion of heterogeneous data sources. From this framework, we have focused on a subset of components required to meet selected science objectives on spectral and image data.

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