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Paper: Converting FITS into XML: Methods and Advantages
Volume: 238, Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems X
Page: 487
Authors: Thomas, B.; Shaya, E.; Cheung, C.
Abstract: We discuss how and why FITS data should be encapsulated in XML. Our goal is not to throw away the FITS standard entirely. Rather, we seek to re-map the FITS standard into an XML-based format. The advantages of doing so are legion and include: greater interoperability, parsing by XML aware browsers and applications, hierarchical structure for improved searchability, default values for header descriptions, extensibility for specialized usage and future development, and piggybacking on industry applications.
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