During the 187th Meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS), which was held January 14-18, 1996, in San Antonio, Texas, the Astronomical Data Center (ADC) announced the availability of its new Selected Astronomical Catalogs, Volume II CD-ROM. In the succeeding month 437 copies of the CD-ROM were distributed, including 91 from the Astrophysics Data Facility (ADF) exhibit booth at the AAS meeting, where several services were demonstrated: the NASA Data Archive and Distribution Service (NDADS), the Web Interface for Searching Archival Research Data (WISARD), the Astrophysics Multi-Spectral Archive Search Engine (AMASE), and the ADC. The ADC's Internet service can be reached at URL http://adc.gsfc.nasa.gov/.
The catalogs contained on this CD-ROM cover a variety of subjects and were selected because they are large or frequently requested. For example, the CD-ROM contains the large Durchmusterung catalogs that did not fit on Volume I and the large Hipparcos and Tycho catalogs. There are two versions of this CD-ROM, one in ASCII format (Volume II, Number 1) and one in Flexible Image Transport System (FITS) (Volume II, Number 2).
The catalogs are documented according to the standard adopted by NASA's ADC and the Centre de Donnees astronomiques de Strasbourg (CDS) in France. Each catalog was checked for proper data format, units, ranges, and ordering consistent with that specified in an accompanying readme file. During the verification process any errors that were found in the data or documentation were corrected.
(From left to right by row) Joseph Lyu, David Leisawitz, Nancy Roman, Gail Schneider; (row 2) Julie Anne Watko, Paul Kuin; (row 3) James Blackwell; (row 4) and James Gass all worked on the development and production of the Selected Astronomical Catalogs, Volume II CD-ROM.
Included in each CD-ROM are software tools useful for browsing and/or extracting data from the catalogs. The discs conform to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9660 standard and have a simple layout with, at the highest level, separate directories for the catalogs, software, and additional documentation. The list of catalogs on the Selected Astronomical Catalogs, Volume II CD-ROM can be viewed at ftp://adc.gsfc.nasa.gov/pub/adc/cd-rom/vol2.txt.
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