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Paper: The National Virtual Observatory
Volume: 238, Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems X
Page: 3
Authors: Szalay, A. S.
Abstract: Technological advances in telescope and instrument design during the last ten years, coupled with the exponential increase in computer and communications capability, have caused a dramatic and irreversible change in the character of astronomical research. Large-scale surveys of the sky from space and the ground are being initiated at wavelengths from radio to X-ray, thereby generating vast amounts of high quality, irreplaceable data. The potential for scientific discovery afforded by these new surveys is enormous. Entirely new and unexpected scientific results of major significance will emerge from the combined use of the resulting datasets, science that would not be possible from such sets used singly. However, their large size and complexity require tools and structures to discover the complex phenomena encoded within them.
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