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HEASARC News Announcement of Browse Notification Service
05 Jun 2008
Browse Notification Service Now Available
The HEASARC announces the release of the "Browse Notification Service".
The Browse Notification Service allows you to keep track of the release of
data to the HEASARC or the change in status of observations of sources of
interest, for a variety of operating missions (currently Chandra,
XMM-Newton, Swift, Suzaku, RXTE, INTEGRAL, and Spitzer). You can use the
Notification Service to be alerted when the status of an observation
changes (from "scheduled" to "observed" for example), or you can be
notified that new data for a source is publicly available from the archive.
The service is available at:
After registering at this page, users can create a "watch list" of sources
(or positions) of interest, and then select missions to be monitored for
each source. For example a user might be interested in Chandra and
XMM-Newton observations of 3C 273. After logging in to the service, the
user enters 3C 273 in the source box, clicks the Chandra and XMM-Newton
check boxes, and presses "Submit". The Notification Service will
automatically generate a BROWSE query around the position of the source in
the Chandra and XMM "master" data tables. The query is checked daily, and
if the output of the query changes (if a new entry appears, or the status
of an existing entry changes), the Notification Service will generate an
e-mail alert and send it to the user. After logging in, the user can see
the original query, the new results and the differences between the two,
and, if new data are available, the user can download them.
If you have any comments, questions or suggested improvements please let us
know via the Browse mailing list on the HEASARC Feedback page.
A service of the High Energy Astrophysics Science Archive Research Center (HEASARC)
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