New Features for the ESO Archive Science Portal

Published: 02 Oct 2018
New features in ESO Archive Science Portal

ESO’s Archive Science Portal provides an intuitive yet very powerful way of browsing, searching and downloading reduced science-ready data. Since the initial rollout three months ago, it has already been visited by more than approximately 1700 users (as inferred from the count of distinct IP addresses). Based on user feedback a new view mode has been implemented as a central new feature in addition to the already existing sky view (left-hand panel of figure above). It allows users to inspect, at a glance, the multi-dimensional query space in up to seventeen 1D distributions (right-hand panel of figure). They include physical parameters like sensitivity and signal-to-noise ratio, alongside more traditional ones such as Programme ID or instrumental setup. Users can easily interact with any list or histogram to add or remove search constraints and to build up rather complex queries in a progressive fashion.  

Beyond that, the updated Archive Science Portal provides the following improvements:


  • the capability of bookmarking and sharing queries;
  • customizable set of query parameters and management of query constraints;
  • improved layout and support for mobile and touch devices;
  • several bug fixes.


Please visit the dedicated user forum to leave any feedback such as suggestions for further improvements or new features.