The Science Archive Facility now provides access to reduced scientific data obtained with the UVES spectrograph mounted on the VLT. More than 75000 spectra of point-like sources obtained in "ECHELLE mode" from the beginning of 2000 until 2013 are now published. The data consist of extracted wavelength- and, whenever possible, flux-calibrated 1-dimensional spectra in tabular format following the established ESO science data products standard.
The UVES data collection will grow with time and include the current stream of UVES data as they are acquired at the observatory, with the reduced products becoming available in monthly release cycles as soon as they are processed. Data obtained using the image slicer is planned to be added to the collection later. Following UVES, it is planned to support further instruments and observation modes in a similar way based on an evaluation of the quality and legacy value of the respective data products.
According to the ESO data access policy, data products from normal and large programmes become publicly accessible once the proprietary period (usually one year) has expired; before that date, access to the data products is restricted to the P.I. of the observing programme and her/his collaborators.
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