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Paper: SITools2: A Framework for Archival Systems
Volume: 461, Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems XXI
Page: 821
Authors: Malapert, J.-C.; Marseille, M.
Abstract: CNES (Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales) as well as scientific communities are expected to provide data access to their experiments. This led developers to redevelop some common functionalities contained in each archive facility instead of reusing existing applications. SITools2, a web application under GPLv3 license, has been designed in a community mind. It offers common services through an easy-to-use open source web platform. Furthermore, SITools2 is highly tunable. It allows connecting at different data sources and to expose their contents in different ways: a REST API and/or graphical user interfaces based on AJAX. With its open architecture, SITools2 is also a framework that permits developers to extend the server API, simply integrating their own applications as plug-ins. Thus developers can act at each step of the data research, request and retrieval, but also create highly-specific services. The SITools2 client is also extensible by adding modules and advanced graphical components. Some instantiations of SITools2 are already being customized in several data centers such as LAM (Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Marseille) and IAS (Institut d'Astrophysique Spatial d'Orsay) to make available their data to the scientific community. But, as a generic tool to interface data and information sources, SItools2 intends to take part of larger projects in the scientific community.
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