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Diversity of domain descriptions in natural science

Diversity of domain descriptions in natural science: virtual observatory as a case study.

Author(s): Briukhov D.O., Kalinichenko L.A., Zakharov V.N.
Published:Proc. of the Seventh Russian Conference on Digital Libraries RCDL'2005. -- Yaroslavl: P. G. Demidov Yaroslavl State University, 2005. -- P. 23--30.
Main intention of this publication is to attract attention of the DL and e-Science research community to the diversity and complexity of domain descriptions in natural sciences. We have chosen the domain of astronomy where Virtual Observatory development is very intensive around the world. In the domain of astronomy we show the various standards that help to overcome this diversity. These standards are under development by the International Virtual Observatory Alliance (IVOA). The diversity demonstrated is a challenge for the IT people and a warning that should prevent on light weighted promises to create rapidly uniform and integrated definition of a collective memory for the science as a whole (or even for its separate domains).
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