DES science portal: Creating science-ready catalogs

A. Fausti Neto, L. N. da Costa, A. Carnero, J. Gschwend, R. L.C. Ogando, F. Sobreira, M. A.G. Maia, B. X. Santiago, R. Rosenfeld, C. Singulani, C. Adean, L. D.P. Nunes, R. Campisano, R. Brito, G. Soares, G. C. Vila-Verde, T. M.C. Abbott, F. B. Abdalla, S. Allam, A. Benoit-LévyD. Brooks, E. Buckley-Geer, D. Capozzi, M. Carrasco Kind, J. Carretero, C. B. D'Andrea, S. Desai, P. Doel, A. Drlica-Wagner, A. E. Evrard, P. Fosalba, J. García-Bellido, D. W. Gerdes, R. A. Gruendl, G. Gutierrez, K. Honscheid, D. J. James, T. E. Jeltema, K. Kuehn, S. Kuhlmann, N. Kuropatkin, O. Lahav, M. Lima, J. L. Marshall, P. Melchior, F. Menanteau, A. Plazas, E. Sanchez, V. Scarpine, R. Schindler, M. Schubnell, I. Sevilla-Noarbe, M. Smith, R. C. Smith, E. Suchyta, M. E.C. Swanson, G. Tarle, A. R. Walker

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Abstract

We present a novel approach for creating science-ready catalogs through a software infrastructure developed for the Dark Energy Survey (DES). We integrate the data products released by the DES Data Management and additional products created by the DES collaboration in an environment known as DES Science Portal. Each step involved in the creation of a science-ready catalog is recorded in a relational database and can be recovered at any time. We describe how the DES Science Portal automates the creation and characterization of lightweight catalogs for DES Year 1 Annual Release, and show its flexibility in creating multiple catalogs with different inputs and configurations. Finally, we discuss the advantages of this infrastructure for large surveys such as DES and the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope. The capability of creating science-ready catalogs efficiently and with full control of the inputs and configurations used is an important asset for supporting science analysis using data from large astronomical surveys.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)52-69
Number of pages18
JournalAstronomy and Computing
Volume24
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Space and Planetary Science

Keywords

  • Astronomical databases
  • Catalogs
  • Data analysis
  • Surveys—methods

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