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Paper: The JCMT Science Archive and the Virtual Observatory
Volume: 394, Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems (ADASS) XVII
Page: 135
Authors: Gaudet, S.; Dowler, P.; Goliath, S.; Redman, R.
Abstract: In 2004, in advance of the JCMT Legacy Survey (JLS), an ambitious program that will provide the first large-scale survey of the sub-millimetre sky, the Canadian Astronomy Data Centre (CADC) was tasked with reviewing the archiving infrastructure of the James Clerk Maxwell telescope (JCMT) in order to handle the high data volumes of the new instrumentation, to support both proprietary and public data access and to make the data available in the Virtual Observatory (VO). In response to this the CADC proposed a complete re-tooling of the JCMT infrastructure, adopting VO-compatible data models and VO protocols at the core of the system, and anticipating the use of VO tools to support survey teams. We will describe at a high level the design choices made, the challenges of engineering and transforming a telescope/instrument data model to a VO-compatible data model, and the effort to extend this system model to other archives at the CADC.
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