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1.5. Further Readings

The field of large digital sky surveys, the related software methodologies, and the new astronomy they enable are developing very rapidly as of this writing (late 1999). There are thus no standard texts or reviews, and whatever articles do exist tend to become obsolete very quickly. Probably the best way to find more up to date information is through the World Wide Web (and the Interested Reader will know how). While many web sites can be somewhat ephemeral, we suggest one which will provide a number of useful links in this field, and which we hope will be active throughout the useful shelf life of this Encyclopedia:

Another possibility is conference proceedings on this and related subjects, e.g., the series of volumes on ``Astronomical Data and Software Systems'', published by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific in their Conference Series. A number of useful papers can also be found in the proceedings of IAU Symposium 179, ``New Horizons From Multi-Wavelength Sky Surveys'', eds. B.J. McLean et al., Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publ. (1998).

An example of a particular software system for processing of digital sky surveys is described by Weir, N., et al. 1995, Publ. Astron. Soc. Pacific 107, 1243.