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The data formats in use in Planetary Sciences, Space Sciences and Solar Physics are diverse and numerous, but a limited number of them are widely used. We present below the data formats used by the VESPA teams.

FormatVESPA CommunitiesData Product TypesVO SupportConversions

Std image formats
(jpg, png… etc)

  • Surfaces
  • Atmospheres
  • Images
  • Aladin (some of them)
  • ImageJ with VESPA plugin (most of them)
  • ImageJ
CDF
  • Space Physics
  • Radio Astronomy
  • Time Series
  • Dynamic Spectra
  • TOPCAT
  • SAMP

netCDF
  • Atmospheres
  • Profiles
  • Times series
  • Cubes
?
  • gdal
FITS
  • Atmospheres
  • Surfaces
  • Solar
  • Images
  • Spectra
  • Cubes
  • Aladin
  • SAMP
  • QGIS through (VESPA) plugin
  • ImageJ, especially with (VESPA) plugins

• gdal (from geofits: with Chiara's extension)

• ImageJ

HDF5
  • Atmospheres
  • Radio Astronomy
  • Cubes
not yet

• gdal

VOTable
  • All
  • Time Series
  • Profiles
  • Spectra
  • Catalogs
  • TOPCAT (all tables/vectors)
  • SAMP
  • CASSIS (spectra)
  • SPLAT-VO (spectra)
• TOPCAT (tables to various text formats)
GeoTIFF
  • Surfaces
  • Images
  • Cubes
• QGIS, with VESPA plugins• gdal, in particular to geofits (with Chiara's extension)
PDS3
  • Space archives
  • All
  • VESPA
  • APERICubes
• APERICubes (some cubes, to minimal/temporary fits)

 

In the EPNcore metadata services, the data format must be referred to according to its MIME Type.

 

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3 Comments

  1. interesting page giving many information on plenty of data formats: http://www.digitalpreservation.gov/formats/fdd/descriptions.shtml

     

  2. For netCDF files, there is an interesting NODC metadata standard (oceanic data, as far as I can tell): https://www.nodc.noaa.gov/data/formats/netcdf/v1.0/

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