International Virtual Observatory Alliance
Registries provide a mechanism with which VO applications can discover and select resources--e.g. data and services--that are relevant for a particular scientific problem. This specification defines the interfaces that support interactions between applications and registries as well as between the registries themselves. It is based on a general, distributed model composed of so-called searchable and publishing registries. The specification has two main components: an interface for searching and an interface for harvesting. All interfaces are defined by a standard Web Service Description Language (WSDL) document; however, harvesting is also supported through the existing Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting, defined as an HTTP REST interface. Finally, this specification details the metadata used to describe registries themselves as resources using an extension of the VOResource metadata schema.
IVOA Registry Interfaces
IVOA Recommendation 04 November 2009
- Interest/Working Group:
- Kevin Benson, Ray Plante, Elizabeth Auden, Matthew Graham, Gretchen Greene, Martin Hill, Tony Linde, Dave Morris, Wil O`Mullane, Guy Rixon, Aurélien Stébé, Kona Andrews
- Kevin Benson, Ray Plante
This document has been produced by the Resource Registry Working Group.
It has been reviewed by IVOA Members and other interested parties, and has been endorsed by the IVOA Executive Committee as an IVOA Recommendation. It is a stable document and may be used as reference material or cited as a normative reference from another document. IVOA's role in making the Recommendation is to draw attention to the specification and to promote its widespread deployment. This enhances the functionality and interoperability inside the Astronomical Community.