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ready Resource Metadata for the Virtual Observatory

Abbreviation: IVOA RM

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An essential capability of the Virtual Observatory is a means for describing what data and computational facilities are available where, and once identified, how to use them. The data themselves have associated metadata (e.g., FITS keywords), and similarly we require metadata about data collections and data services so that VO users can easily find information of interest. Furthermore, such metadata are needed in order to manage distributed queries efficiently; if a user is interested in finding x-ray images there is no point in querying the HST archive, for example. The Resource Metadata for the Virtual Observatory standard describes an architecture for resource and service metadata and the relationship of this architecture to emerging Web Services standards. We also define an initial set of metadata concepts.


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Created in 2007

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How to cite this record IVOA RM; Resource Metadata for the Virtual Observatory; DOI:; Last edited: May 8, 2020, 3:46 p.m.; Last accessed: Jan 18 2022 8:27 a.m.

Publication for citation  Resource Metadata for the Virtual Observatory Version 1.12 Hanisch, Robert; IVOA Resource Registry Working Group; NVO Metadata Working Group; SAO/NASA Astrophysics Data System ; 2007.

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Resource Metadata for the Virtual Observatory Version 1.12

Hanisch, Robert; IVOA Resource Registry Working Group; NVO Metadata Working Group
SAO/NASA Astrophysics Data System 2007

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VizieR astronomical catalogue database
VizieR is a library of published astronomical catalogues --tables and associated data-- with verified and enriched data, accessible via multiple interfaces. Query tools allow the user to select relevant data tables and to extract and format records matching given criteria. To be deposited within VizieR, data must be related to a publication in a refereed journal, either as tables or catalogues actually published, or as a paper describing the data and their context. VizieR is certified by the CoreTrustSeal. DOI: 10.26093/cds/vizier

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