Published in "Internet Resources for Professional Astronomy", eds. M.R. Kidger, I. Pérez-Fournon & F. Sánchez, Cambridge University Press, 1999.

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INTERNET SERVICES FOR PROFESSIONAL ASTRONOMY

Heinz Andernach


Depto. de Astronomía, IFUG, Universidad de Guanajuato, Guanajuato, C.P. 36000, Mexico
Email: heinz@astro.ugto.mx


Abstract. A (subjective) overview of Internet resources relevant to professional astronomers is given. Special emphasis is put on databases of astronomical objects and servers providing general information, e.g. on astronomical catalogues, finding charts from sky surveys, bibliographies, directories, browsers through multi-wavelength observational archives, etc.  Archives of specific observational data will be discussed in more detail in other chapters of this book, dealing with the corresponding part of the electromagnetic spectrum. About 200 different links are mentioned, and every attempt was made to make this report as up-to-date as possible. As the field is rapidly growing with improved network technology, it will be just a snapshot of the present situation.


Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION
DATA CENTRES
ASTRONOMICAL CATALOGUES
RETRIEVING INFORMATION ON OBJECTS
Object Databases
Pseudo-Databases: Searchable Collections of Catalogues
Archives of Observational Data
DIGITAL OPTICAL SKY SURVEYS, FINDING CHARTS, & PLATE CATALOGUES
Digitized Sky Survey Images
Object Catalogues and Finding Charts from DSS
Catalogues of Direct Plates
An Orientation Tool for the Galactic Plane
Future Surveys
BIBLIOGRAPHICAL SERVICES
Abstract and Article Servers
Preprint Servers
Preprint Lists from NRAO and STScI
Electronic Journals
Tables of Contents
``Grey Literature'': Newsletters, Observatory Publications, etc.
Library Holdings
DIRECTORIES AND YELLOW-PAGE SERVICES
MEETINGS AND JOBS
DICTIONARIES AND THESAURI
MISCELLANEOUS
Astronomical Software
Observatory and Telescope Manuals
IAU Circulars, Minor Planets, ATEL, and Ephemerides
Atomic Data
Libraries
Astronomy Education on the Internet
Others
ISSUES FOR THE FUTURE
CONCLUDING REMARKS
REFERENCES

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