major hurdle in the analysis of solar data is finding what data are
available and retrieving those that are needed. Planned space- and ground-based
instruments will produce huge volumes of data and even taking into account
the continuous technical advances, it is clear that a new approach is
needed to the way we use these data.
EGSO is a Grid test-bed that will change the way users analyze solar data.
EGSO will federate solar data archives across Europe and beyond, and will
create the tools to select, process and retrieve distributed and
heterogeneous solar data. It will provide mechanisms to produce
standardized observing catalogues for space and ground-based observations,
and the tools to create solar feature catalogues that will facilitate the
selection of solar data based on features, events and phenomena. In EGSO will provide the fabric of a virtual
observatory. EGSO is funded under the IST (Information Society
Technologies) thematic programme of European Commission's Fifth Framework
Programme (FP5). The project started in March 2002 and will last for 3
years. The EGSO consortium comprises 10 institutes from Europe and the US, and is led by the Mullard Space Science
Laboratory (MSSL) of University College London
The Cybernetics Solar Physics Research Group attended the 35th
Scientific Assembly of COSPAR held at the Palais des Congres (Paris Congress
Center) in Paris, July 2004.
Download a C based Windows application with
some Solar Image processing features
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