SPLAT-VO is a powerful graphical tool for displaying, comparing, modifying and analysing astronomical spectra, as well as searching and retrieving spectra from services around the world using Virtual Observatory (VO) protocols and services. The development of SPLAT-VO started in 1999, as part of the Starlink StarJava initiative, sometime before that of the VO, so initial support for the VO was necessarily added once VO standards and services became available. Further developments were supported by the Joint Astronomy Centre, Hawaii until 2009. Since end of 2011 development of SPLAT-VO has been continued by the German Astrophysical Virtual Observatory, and the Astronomical Institute of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. From this time several new features have been added, including support for the latest VO protocols, along with new visualization and spectra storing capabilities. This paper presents the history of SPLAT-VO, its capabilities, recent additions and future plans, as well as a discussion on the motivations and lessons learned up to now.
Astronomy and Computing
- Pub Date:
- November 2014
- Spectral analysis;
- Virtual observatory;
- Astrophysics - Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics
- 15 pages, 6 figures, accepted for publication in Astronomy &