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Paper: Specifics on a XML Data Format for Scientific Data
Volume: 238, Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems X
Page: 217
Authors: Shaya, E.; Thomas, B.; Cheung, C.
Abstract: An XML-based data format for interchange and archiving of scientific data would benefit in many ways from the features standardized in XML. Foremost of these features is the world-wide acceptance and adoption of XML. Applications, such as browsers, XQL and XSQL advanced query, XML editing, or CSS or XSLT transformation, that are coming out of industry and academia can be easily adopted and provide startling new benefits and features. We have designed a prototype of a core format for holding, in a very general way, parameters, tables, scalar and vector fields, atlases, animations and complex combinations of these. This eXtensible Data Format (XDF) makes use of XML functionalities such as: self-validation of document structure, default values for attributes, XLink hyperlinks, entity replacements, internal referencing, inheritance, and XSLT transformation. An API is available to aid in detailed assembly, extraction, and manipulation. Conversion tools to and from FITS and other existing data formats are under development. In the future, we hope to provide object oriented interfaces to C++, Java, Python, IDL, Mathematica, Maple, and various databases.
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