Among the tasks of the Space Telescope European Coordinating Facility (ST-ECF) is providing to the astronomical community software for the retrieval, calibration, and analysis of HST data. This has been plagued by notorious problems of programming language incompatibility, platform incompatibility, installation problems, on-line help/documentation and user interface inconsistencies, etc. The combination of Java with state-of-the-art network browsers has the potential to solve many of these problems. In addition, it eliminates potentially paralyzing throughput problems by pushing the processing load to the client machine. This is important for post-retrieval re-calibration of multiple data sets from science data archives. First experiments were conducted in the area of NICMOS support tools, and for the preview of data from the HST archive. Examples are shown, and experiences are discussed.
Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems VI
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