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The Virtual Space Physics Observatory: Quick Access to Data and ToolsThe Virtual Space Physics Observatory (VSPO; see has grown to provide a way to find and access about 375 data products and services from over 100 spacecraft/observatories in space and solar physics. The datasets are mainly chosen to be the most requested, and include most of the publicly available data products from operating NASA Heliophysics spacecraft as well as from solar observatories measuring across the frequency spectrum. Service links include a "quick orbits" page that uses SSCWeb Web Services to provide a rapid answer to questions such as "What spacecraft were in orbit in July 1992?" and "Where were Geotail, Cluster, and Polar on 2 June 2001?" These queries are linked back to the data search page. The VSPO interface provides many ways of looking for data based on terms used in a registry of resources using the SPASE Data Model that will be the standard for Heliophysics Virtual Observatories. VSPO itself is accessible via an API that allows other applications to use it as a Web Service; this has been implemented in one instance using the ViSBARD visualization program. The VSPO will become part of the Space Physics Data Facility, and will continue to expand its access to data. A challenge for all VOs will be to provide uniform access to data at the variable level, and we will be addressing this question in a number of ways.
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Acquisition Source
Goddard Space Flight Center
Document Type
Cornwell, Carl
(Aquilent, Inc. Laurel, MD, United States)
Roberts, D. Aaron
(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD, United States)
McGuire, Robert E.
(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Date Acquired
August 23, 2013
Publication Date
December 11, 2006
Subject Category
Documentation And Information Science
Meeting Information
Meeting: American Geophysical Union Meeting
Location: San Francisco, CA
Country: United States
Start Date: December 11, 2006
End Date: December 15, 2006
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