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The Virtual Solar Observatory: Still a Small BoxTwo and a half years after a design study began, and a year and a half after development commenced, version 1.0 of the Virtual Solar Observatory (VSO) was released at the 2004 Fall AGU meeting. Although internal elements of the VSO have changed, the basic design has remained the same, reflecting the team's belief in the importance of a simple, robust mechanism for registering data provider holdings, initiating queries at the appropriate provider sites, aggregating the responses, allowing the user to iterate before making a final selection, and enabling the delivery of data directly from the providers. In order to make the VSO transparent, lightweight, and portable, the developers employed XML for the registry, SOAP for communication between a VSO instance and data services, and HTML for the graphic user interface (GUI's). We discuss the internal data model, the API, and user responses to various trial GUI's as typical design issues for any virtual observatory. We also discuss the role of the "small box" of data search, identification, and delivery services provided by the VSO in the larger, Sun-Solar System Connection virtual observatory (VxO) scheme.
Document ID
20050180331
Document Type
Conference Paper
Authors
Gurman, J. B. (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Bogart, R. S. (Stanford Univ. Stanford, CA, United States)
Davey, A. R. (Southwest Research Inst. Boulder, CO, United States)
Dimitoglou, G. (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Hill, F. (National Solar Observatory Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Hourcle, J. A. (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Martens, P. C. (Montana State Univ. Bozeman, MT, United States)
Surez-Sola, I. (National Solar Observatory Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Tian, K. Q. (Stanford Univ. Stanford, CA, United States)
Wampler, S. (National Solar Observatory Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Date Acquired
August 23, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 2005
Subject Category
Solar Physics
Meeting Information
AGU/SPD Meeting(New Orleans, LA)
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.