Dr. Ulisses Barres de Almeida
Brazilian Center for Research in Physics, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
(pdf of presentation is available here)
Astrophysics is increasingly characterised by what became known as "big data" or "data-intensive science." To make the most of the available information, one of the bottlenecks is the cataloging activities and access to scientific data of all kinds. In astrophysics, it is increasingly necessary to combine data from instruments operating in different bands of the electromagnetic spectrum, and even different messengers. It is necessary therefore to draw strategies and initiatives that will make the most of the data, and build the necessary bridges between areas of specialization.
The Brazilian Science Data Center (BSDC) is an initiative held in conjunction with the Italian Space Agency (ASI) for the implementation of an astronomical database system as complete and comprehensive as possible, following the principle of "science-ready data". This concept is based on cataloging and availability of scientific data in a format ready for direct scientific application. The availability of data is made through agreements with the collaborations and observatories responsible for them, so that the information is "certified" in quality.
We will present the concept and the current status of the BSDC project. Current development focus on software development for visualization, and statistical data processing, as well as a VHE gamma-ray database and polarimetry database. There is also the intention, once the project is matured, to expand the tool to serve the Brazilian community in other ways.
Created / Updated: 19 September 2016 / 7 August 2018