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The Swift Data Center

The Swift Data Center is located at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) in Greenbelt, MD, USA. The Swift Data Center converts Swift Level 0 data products (telemetry) received from the MOC into Flexible Image Transport System (FITS) files and standard data products using a semi-automatic processing pipeline. The format of the FITS files is consistent with Office of Guest Investigator Programs (OGIP) standards. The Swift Data Center generates level 1, 2, and 3 data products. The data sets are organized by target to facilitate later scientific analysis. Quick-Look data products are made on a shorter time scale using less complete telemetry and the same processing pipeline. Quick-Look data are made available in the Quick-Look area as soon as they are produced. The data in the Quick-Look will change as new data become available from the MOC. Finished data products are permanently stored in the Swift Data Archive. Quick-Look data will be removed after the data have been put into the permanent Data Archive. The Swift Data Center receives new data from the MOC once per ground station contact, so the Quick-Look area will be updated on this time-scale. Figure 12 shows the flow of data through the Swift Data Center into the Data Archive. The Data Archive is described in detail in the Data Archive section of the Swift Technical Handbook.

Figure 13: The flow of data through the Swift Data Center.
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Eleonora Troja 2013-09-03