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Paper: Speculations on the Future of FITS
Volume: 125, Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems VI
Page: 257
Authors: Wells, Donald C.
Abstract: The history and philosophy of FITS are reviewed, with emphasis on the lessons-learned and on the archival requirements. Opinions are offered on the likely outcome of current FITS negotiations, such as the year-2000 problem and the WCS proposal, and on possible subjects of future data interchange format negotiations in astronomy. \verb|BINTABLE| schemas in third-normal-form are advocated. The long-term importance of the \verb|BINTABLE| format as a platform for future layered-convention agreements is stressed.
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