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Paper: Virtual Observatories for Space Physics Observations and Simulations: New Routes to Efficient Access
Volume: 359, Numerical Modeling of Space Plasma Flows: Astronum-2006
Page: 302
Authors: Roberts, D.A.
Abstract: New tools for data access and visualization promise to make the analysis of solar and space physics data both more efficient and more powerful, especially for answering questions about the global structure and dynamics of the Sun-Earth system. We will show how new, currently-functioning tools, particularly the Virtual Space Physics Observatory (VSPO) and the Visual System for Browsing, Analysis and Retrieval of Data (ViSBARD; look for the acronyms in Google) already provide rapid access to such information as spacecraft orbits, browse plots, and detailed data, as well as visualizations that can quickly unite our view of multispacecraft observations. Examples of VSPO access and ViSBARD visualization are shown here, and the Web sites provide both more examples and the tools themselves. An important issue remaining to be solved is how best to integrate simulation data and services into the Virtual Observatory environment, and this paper will hopefully stimulate further discussion along these lines.
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