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ready Hierarchical Progressive Survey

Abbreviation: HiPS

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The HiPS format is a hierarchical scheme for the description, storage and access of sky survey data. The system is based on hierarchical tiling of sky regions at finer and finer spatial resolution which facilitates a progressive view of a survey, and supports multi-resolution zooming and panning. HiPS uses the HEALPix tessellation of the sky as the basis for the scheme and is implemented as a simple file structure with a direct indexing scheme that leads to practical implementations. HiPS is designed specifically for astronomical data in that it takes the astrometric and photometric properties of the original data into account, and emphasis is placed on ease of use without the need for special servers or database systems.


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