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Abstract Reference: 31052
Identifier: I1.1
Presentation: Invited Speaker
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From ISO to Gaia : a 20-years journey through data archives management

Authors:
Arviset Christophe

In the mid-90s, ESA decided to change its data management strategy and started to build at ESAC data archives for its space science missions, initially for its Infrared Space Observatory and then expanding through other astronomy missions and later on, to planetary and solar heliospheric missions. The ESAC Science Data Centre now hosts more than 15 science archives, with various others in preparation.
Technology has evolved a lot through this period, from the simple web pages towards rich thin layer web applications, interoperable and VO built-in archives. Maintaining old legacy archives while building new and state of the art ones (eg Gaia), managing people and preserving expertise over many years, offering innovative multi missions services and tools to enable new science (ESASky) have been some of the many challenges that had to be dealt with.
Future prospects ahead of us also look exciting with the advent of the "Archives 2.0" concept, where scientists will be able to work "within" the archive itself, bringing their analysis code to the data, sharing their data, code and results with others.
Data Archives have been and continue to be in constant transformation and they are now to evolved towards collaborative science exploitation platforms.