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Paper: Exploring Interactive Archive Data Presentation at the COSSC
Volume: 77, Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems IV
Page: 176
Authors: Jordan, J. M.; Cresitello-Dittmar, M.; Allen, J. S.
Abstract: As the Compton Observatory archive grows in size and complexity, it is increasingly difficult to present the archived data in a way which allows users to get a good grasp of what the archive holds. We are now using hypertext, presented through the World Wide Web, in an attempt to alleviate this problem. We are working on giving our users methods for searching the holdings of the archive. Hypertext form pages have been created for two instruments: BATSE and EGRET\@. Each page lets users define the parameters of a search. The results of the user defined search are returned both graphically and as text hyperlinked to the relevant data in the archive. As our understanding of the requirements grows, we hope to present views of the data in the archive which are better tailored to the ways in which our users look at those data.
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