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Special Session 6 Astronomical data management

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  01 August 2006

Raymond P. Norris
CSIRO ATNF, PO Box 76, Epping, NSW 1710, Australia email:
Heinz J. Andernach
Departamento de Astronomía, Universidad de Guanajuato, Guanajuato CP 36000, Mexico email:
Güenther Eichhorn
Astrophysics Data System, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, 60 Garden St., MS-67, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA email:
Françoise Genova
CDS, UMR CNRS/ULP 7550, Observatoire Astronomique, 11 rue de l'Université, F-67000 Strasbourg, France email:
R. Elizabeth Griffin
5NRC Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics, 5071 West Saanich Road, Victoria, BC V9E 2E7, Canada email:
Robert J. Hanisch
Space Telescope Science Institute, 3700 San Martin Drive, Baltimore, MD 21218, USA email:
Ajit K. Kembhavi
Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Pune, India email:
Robert C. Kennicutt
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge, Madingley Road, Cambridge, CB30HA, UK email:
Anita M.S. Richards
MERLIN/VLBI National Facility, University of Manchester, Jodrell Bank Observatory, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK11 9DL, UK email:
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We present a summary of the major contributions to the Special Session on Astronomical Data Management held at the IAU XXVI General Assembly in Prague in 2006. While recent years have seen enormous improvements in access to astronomical data, and the Virtual Observatory aims to provide astronomers with seamless access to on-line resources, more attention needs to be paid to ensuring the quality and completeness of those resources. For example, data produced by telescopes are not always made available to the astronomical community, and new instruments are sometimes designed and built with insufficient planning for data management, while older but valuable legacy data often remain undigitised. Data and results published in journals do not always appear in the data centres, and astronomers in developing countries sometimes have inadequate access to on-line resources. To address these issues, an ‘Astronomers' Data Manifesto’ has been formulated with the aim of initiating a discussion that will lead to the development of a ‘code of best practice’ in astronomical data management.

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