ASTRONET, the network for analysis and retrieval of astronomical data planned in Italy, is described with regard to the organization of the network, the hardware, and the standard software environment. ASTRONET starts with four VAX centers operating within 1981, to be expanded to six within 1983.
The network includes colour graphics and PDS plates digitization facilities. The software and graphics standards will be set as compatible as possible to major existing astronomical standards. ASTRONET is planned to be operative within 1983 as an open international astronomical