VAMDC Abbreviations and Glossary

General Abbreviations

AcronymMeaningDescription
ACS American Chemical Society
ADQL Astronomical Data Query Language A Proposed standard to represent astronomical enquiries in the IVOA
ADQL Astronomical Data Query Language An IVOA recommendation for an SQL-style grammar for querying astronomical databases
AFGL Air Force Geophysics Lab
ALADDIN A Labelled Atomic Data Interface Pre-internet protocol for distributing atomic data; uses Fortran-style fixed formatting
ALMA Atacama Large Millimeter/Submillimeter Array Observatory at Llano de Chajnantor, Chile, to be completed 2012
AM Atomic and/or Molecular
AMD Atomic and Molecular Data Unit Part of the IAEA
ANR Agence Nationale de la Recherche French research funding and administration organisation
API Application Programming Interface
ARA Atmospheric Radiation Analysis Research group at LMD
AstroGrid AstroGrid Software Suite Suite of software for managing and exploring images and spectra within the VO
ASTRONET ASTRONET Consortium Consortium to co-ordinate European research in astronomy
ATMOS ATMOS A "scientific WWW portal for the atmospheric environment"
AWGSLF [ALMA] Working Group on Spectral Line Frequencies EU contact: Andrew J. Markwick-Kemper, University of Manchester
CAS Chemical Abstracts Services Part of ACS; operates the CAS registry, a collection of substance information
CEA Common Execution Architecture
CEC Common Execution Connector
CODATA Committee on Data for Science and Technology A committee of the ICSU
COSPAR Committee on Space Research A committee of the ICSU
COST European Cooperation in the field of Scientific and Technical Research Intergovernmental framework for cooperation in research
CSE Circumstellar Envelope
CSM Circumstellar Medium Better known as the CSE
CTC Communication and Training Committee (of the VAMDC)
DCN Data Centre Network Part of the IAEA
DOM Document Object Model
DSA Data Set Access
DTD Document Type Definition An XML Schema language
ECAMP European Conference on Atoms, Molecules and Photons
EGEE Enabling Grids for E-sciencE A series of EU-funded projects to construct a science computing grid infrastructure for the ERA
EGI European Grid Initiative A "project for the conceptual setup and operation of a new organizational model of a sustainable pan-European grid infrastructure" (to take over from EGEE)
EIPAM Electron Induced Processes At the Molecular Level An ESF research programme (now ended)
EPT Executive Project Team (of the VAMDC) - composed of WP heads
ERA European Research Area
ESCAMPIG European Conference on the Atomic and Molecular Physics of Ionized Gases
EURATOM European Atomic Energy Community Organisation to co-ordinate peaceful European nuclear research; participates in ITER
EUREKA European research and funding organization, now referred to as Organisation Européenne pour la Recherche Nucléaire
EuroPlanet EuroPlanet Project Research infrastructure, linking planetary science laboratories
GREAT Gaia Research for European Astronomy Training A research infrastructure to exploit data from the ESA Gaia mission (due for launch 2012)
ICAMDATA International Conference on Atomic and Molecular Data and their Applications A series of international AM conferences
IDIS Integrated and Distributed Information Service Tools for accessing data within EuroPlanet
IDL Interactive Data Language
INAF Instituto Nazionale di Astrofisica Italian research funding body
InChI (IUPAC) International Chemical Identifier
ISM Interstellar Medium
ITER International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor An experimental tokamak nuclear fusion reactor project
ITN Initial Training Network EU funding programme for early-stage researchers
IUPAC International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry
IVOA International Virtual Observatory Alliance
JRA Joint Research Activity
LASSIE Laboratory Astrochemistry Surface Science in Europe An ITN
MODTRAN Moderate Resolution Atmospheric Transmission Radiative transfer code
NA Networking Activity Organised by VAMDC to "engage data providers, co-ordinate activities, ascertain and respond to user needs, train and raise awareness of VAMDC internationally"
NVDL Namespace-based Validation Dispatch Language
PAH Polyaromatic Hydrocarbon
REST Representational State Transfer A style of software architecture for distributed hypermedia systems (e.g. the worldwide web)
SAB Science Advisory Board (of the VAMDC)
SAX Simple [API] for [XML]
SLAP Simple Line Access Protocol Protocol for transferring spectral line data
SLiSE Spectral Line Search Engine A Java-based applet for searching spectral lines
SMART Specific, Measureable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-Bound Criteria for objectives implemented by the SRA
SOAP Simple Object Access Protocol A protocol specification for exchanging structured information in the implementation of web services
SQL Structured Query Language
SRA Strategic Research Agenda Implemented within the ERA
SSDBM Scientific and Statistical Database Management An annual conference
SSLDM Simple Spectral Lines Data Model Data model to describe spectral line transitions
STFC Science and Technology Facilities Council UK research funding body
STSP Spectroscopy and Thermodynamics of Solids of Planetary Interest Database under development at LPG within the EuroPlanet framework; now called GhoSST
SVN Subversion A software version control system
TAP Table Access Protocol
UML Unified Modelling Language An object modeling and specification language used in software engineering
URI Uniform Resource Identifier
URL Uniform Resource Locator A subset of the URI identifying the location of a resource
URN Uniform Resource Name A subset of the URI identifying a resource
UWS Universal Worker Service Equivalent to CEC in most cases
VALD-EMS VALD-Electronic Mail Service Interface for retrieving VALD data
VAMDC Virtual Atomic and Molecular Data Centre
VEB [VAMDC] Executive Board
VO Virtual Observatory
VPB [VAMDC] Project Board
WP Work Package
XML Extensible Mark-up Language
XSAMS XML Schema for Atoms, Molecules, and Solids An XML Schema for representing AM and solids data
XSD XML Schema Document
XSL Extensible Stylesheet Language
XSLT Extensible Stylesheet Language Transformations

Databases

AcronymMeaningDescription
ADAS Atomic Data and Analysis Structure Database of the radiative properties of ions and atoms in plasmas
BASECOL BASECOL Database Database providing data on collisional ro-vibrational excitation of molecules, run by OBSPM: contact Marie-Lise Dubernet at LPMAA
CAMDB Chinese Atomic and Molecular Database AM database at the IAPCM
CDMS Cologne Database for Molecular Spectroscopy Spectroscopic database, especially for ISM and CSE regions
CDSD Carbon Dioxide Spectroscopic Databank Spectroscopic database for CO2 at the IAO
CHIANTI CHIANTI Database Atomic database, collaboration between UK, US and Italy
DREAM Database on Rare Earths at Mons University Belgian spectroscopic database
GEISA Gestion et Etude des Informations Spectroscopiques Atmosphériques Spectroscopic database developed by ARA at LMD: contact Nicole Jacquinet-Husson
GENIE General Internet Search Engine (for Atomic Data) Resource for searching several other databases, including the Kurucz CD-ROM, run by the IAEA
GhoSST Grenoble Astrophysics and Planetology Solid Spectroscopy and Thermodynamics Formerly called STSP, a database of physical and spectroscopic properties of solids
HITEMP High-Temperature Spectroscopic Absorption Parameters Spectroscopic database: contact Larry Rothman
HITRAN High Resolution Transmission Spectroscopic database: contact Larry Rothman
JPL Jet Propulsion Laboratory Spectroscopic database
KIDA Kinetic Database for Astrochemistry Database of reaction rate data under development by Bordeaux University: contact V. Wakelan
LAMDA Leiden Atomic and Molecular Database Spectroscopic database and software
NIST-ASD National Institute of Standards and Technology - Atomic Spectroscopy Database Atomic spectroscopic database
NIST-IMMT National Institute of Standards and Technology - Interstellar Molecular Microwave Transitions Spectroscopic database of lines arising from the ISM and CSE regions: contact Frank J. Lovas
NIST-MMSD National Institute of Standards and Technology - Molecular Microwave Spectral Databases Spectroscopic database of molecular transitions in the microwave: contact Frank J. Lovas
OSU Ohio State University Database of reaction rate data: contact Eric Herbst
OU Databank Database of electron-molecule interactions: contact Jimena Díaz Gorfinkiel
PNNL Pacific National Northwest Laboratory A database of IR data on vapour-phase hydrocarbons (registration and $200 required for access...)
SMPO Spectroscopy and Molecular Properties of Ozone IAO database containing simulated and observed data for ozone
Spechot Radiative Properties of Hot Combustion Gases IAO database, sourced from HITRAN, GEISA, HITEMP, and others
SPECTR-W3 SPECTR-W3 Database Atomic database for plasma spectroscopy and other applications run by RFNC VNIITF and IHED JIHTRAS, Russia
Spectra Spectroscopy of Atmospheric Gases IAO database containing HITRAN, GEISA, HITEMP, and others
Stark-B Stark-B Database Database of Stark broadening parameters of isolated lines of atoms and ions in the impact approximation
TCSD Toulouse-Cagliari Spectral Database Database for PAH and pure carbon clusters, run by INAF/OAC
TIPTOPbase TIPTOPbase Database Database of atomic data computed through the Opacity Project and the IRON Project
UDFA [UMIST] Database for Astrochemistry Database of binary gas-phase reaction data
VALD Vienna Atomic Line Database Spectroscopic database managed by the University of Vienna
W@DIS Water Internet @ccessible Distributed Information System Spectroscopic database for water, based on data collected by the IUPAC database group

Institutions

AcronymMeaningDescription
AOB Astronomical Observatory Belgrade
CERN Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire A particle-physics laboratory in Switzerland
CESR Centre d'Etude Spatiale des Rayonnements French astrophysics research laboratory, based in Toulouse
CMSUC The Chancellor, Masters and Scholars of the University of Cambridge This is how VAMDC sometimes, unaccountably, refers to UCAM
CNRS Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique French governmental research organisation
DAMTP Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics A department of UCAM
ESA European Space Agency
ESF European Science Foundation A pan-European association of research organisations
ETSF European Theoretical Spectroscopy Facility An e-infrastructure, based in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium and part of the Nanoquanta Network of Excellence
IAEA International Atomic Energy Authority
IAO Institute of Atmospheric Optics Russian Institute in Tomsk
IAPCM Institute of Applied Physics and Computational Mathematics A Chinese research institute
ICSU International Council for Science Formerly the International Council of Scientific Unions
IFRC International Fusion Research Council An organisation within the IAEA
IHED JIHTRAS Insitute for High Energy Densities of the Joint Institute for High Temperatures of Russian Academy of Sciences
INASAN Institute of Astronomy of the Russian Academy of Sciences Institute of Astronomy of the Russian Academy of Sciences
IVIC Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Científicas The Venezuelan Institute for Scientific Research, Caracas, Venezuela
JPL Jet Propulsion Laboratory
KAERI Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute
LASP Laboratorio di Astrofisica Sperimentale Experimental astrophysics laboratory at the Catania Astrophysical Observatory, Italy
LERMA Laboratoire d'Étude du Rayonnement et de la Matière en Astrophysique Research laboratory, part of OBSPM
LMD Laboratoire de Météorologie Dynamique Laboratory, part of UPMC(?)
LPG Laboratoire de Planétologie Grenoble Laboratory, part of CNRS
LPMAA Laboratoire de Physique Moléculaire pour l'Atmospherique et l'Astrophysique Research laboratory in Paris, belonging to CNRS and UPMC
LUTh Laboratoire Univers et Théories Part of the OBSPM
MSSL Mullard Space Science Laboratory Part of UCL
NIFS National Institute of Fusion Science Research institute in Japan, part of NINS
NINS National Institutes of Natural Sciences Japanese inter-university research institute corporation
NIST National Institute of Standards and Technology
NRAO National Radio Astronomy Laboratory
OAC Osservatorio Astronomico di Cagliari Italian (Sardinian) Observatory
OBSPM L'Observatoire astronomique de Paris-Meudon-Nancay The Paris Observatory
ORNL Oak Ridge National Laboratory US Research institution managed for the US Department of Energy
OU Open University UK University
QUB Queen's University, Belfast UK University
RFNC Russian Federal Nuclear Centre
UCAM University of Cambridge UK University
UCL University College London UK University
UMIST University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology UK University, now referred to as the University of Manchester
UPMC Université Pierre et Marie Curie French University
UU Uppsala University
VNIITF All-Russian Institute of Technical Physics All-Russian Institute of Technical Physics