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Astroniomical data

The University of Groningen has considerable expertise in the management and analysis of large complex astronomical data sets. In particular it has developed techniques for managing data from wide-field astronomical surveys, of which the Kilo Degree Survey (KiDS) is a good example. In order to support this work a powerful and flexible system known as the Wide Field Imaging System for Europe (WISE) has been developed and now supports a number of important instruments, including OmegaCAM (VST), Muse (VLT) and HETDEX. WISE technology offers a full integration between archiving and processing. This data-centric approach brings a sustainable solution that is ready for long term data management and preservation in an ever changing ICT environment, both for astronomical data and data from other unrelated fields. The WISE technology, which had its first implementation on 2003, obeys all the principles of what is called nowadays Open Science: Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable, and actually also Reproducible.

Euclid Netherlands Science Data Centre
WISE technology has been implemented European wide and provides the framework for the datahandling system of the forthcoming Euclid satellite. The development of this large scale information system, known as the Euclid Archive System, is being led by a group drawn from the Kapteyn Institute and the Centre for Information Technology, both in the RUG. The University of Groningen also hosts the Euclid Netherlands Science Data Centre. This data centre will participate in processing data from the Euclid satellite. Euclid is an European Space Agency mission to study dark matter and dark energy in the universe. The data volumes are unprecedented for a satellite mission and may eventually exceed 80,000 Tbyte.

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