Current Status of Radio Source Databases [chapter]

H. Andernach, S. Trushkin
1998 Astrophysics and Space Science Library  
We review the history and present status of radio-source catalogue archiving and on-line retrieval of radio source data. Large efforts were spent by the first author in collecting and restoring electronic versions of new and old source catalogues. Some 67 catalogues with ~520,000 entries were searchable via the "Einstein On-line Service" (EOLS). When EOLS lost maintenance support in 1994 a group at SAO (Russia) started building software tools to search and cross-identify objects between the
more » ... r radio catalogues, maintained as the "CATalog supporting System" (CATS) at the Special Astrophysical Observatory (SAO, Russia). The independent efforts in east and west have recently been joined. Almost 400 different source lists with ~2,000,000 entries have been archived (and partly prepared) by us. All 5C and Penticton "P"-surveys and many of the published WSRT survey lists are now available. CATS has been developed by O. Verkhodanov, S. Trushkin, V. Chernenkov at SAO primarily to support RATAN-600 radio observations. CATS runs under LINUX and can process requests on the basis of various net protocols and via email. Almost 70 well-known radio source catalogues and tables with about 1.3 Mrecords are now available via ftp from CATS, as well as their documentation files. Twenty of the larger tables may be searched simultaneously for objects in rectangular boxes of coordinates. New routines for cross-matching are in progress. More and more catalogues are being folded into CATS. CATS is supported by RFBR grant 96-07-89075.
doi:10.1007/978-94-011-5238-9_12 fatcat:iddxdux5kjdoxf3ih7gu4g3rju