Astronomical Data Center Status Report

Volume 11, Number 1, March 1995
By Nancy Roman
The Astronomical Data Center (ADC) has substantially changed its World Wide Web (WWW) pages. It is now possible to execute a WAIS search for both catalogs and journal tables by topic. When searched, a list of appropriate catalogs or tables is returned. More information can then be requested for each one of interest. Journal tables may be viewed and catalogs may be ordered without leaving the Web. These pages were demonstrated to many astronomers in early January at a meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS). As a result of the experience gained in these demonstrations, several ideas for improvements were generated.

Appreciable progress has been achieved in the preparation of catalogs for a second ADC CD-ROM. Twenty-five catalogs were checked. New documentation in the current standard form was written, when necessary, and both the catalogs and existing documents were edited. FITS versions of the catalogs were also prepared. A CD-ROM was made with about half of the catalogs planned for the final disk. At the AAS meeting, 45 people signed the register of those wishing to be informed when the CD-ROM is available. To register your interest, either send a message to adc_help@nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov, call (301) 286-8310, or send a FAX to (301) 286-1771.

The AAS has agreed to allow the ADC to archive and distribute files that the AAS releases on CD-ROMs immediately on publication of the paper in print. Initially, the files will be placed in a publicly available directory as received from the author, with no additional documentation. When the CD-ROM is released, the contents will be placed in the normal ADC archive. This will allow electronic access to the files in the interval between the publication of the journal and the issuance of the CD-ROM, which may be as long as six months or more, without diminishing the value of the printed journals. The AAS CD-ROMs will contain files from the Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific and Icarus in the future, as well as those from the AAS journals (the Astronomical Journal and the Astrophysical Journal).

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