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Simulation Data Model
Version 1.0

IVOA Recommendation 03 May 2012

Interest/Working Group:
Gerard Lemson, Laurent Bourges, Miguel Cervino, Claudio Gheller, Norman Gray, Franck LePetit, Mireille Louys, Benjamin Ooghe, Rick Wagner, Herve Wozniak
Gerard Lemson, Herve Wozniak


In this document and the accompanying documents we describe a data model (Simulation Data Model) describing numerical computer simulations of astrophysical systems. The primary goal of this standard is to support discovery of simulations by describing those aspects of them that scientists might wish to query on, i.e. it is a model for meta-data describing simulations. This document does not propose a protocol for using this model. IVOA protocols are being developed and are supposed to use the model, either in its original form or in a form derived from the model proposed here, but more suited to the particular protocol. The SimDM has been developed in the IVOA Theory Interest Group with assistance of representatives of relevant working groups, in particular DM and Semantics.

Status of this document

This document has been produced by the Theory Interest Group.
It has been reviewed by IVOA Members and other interested parties, and has been endorsed by the IVOA Executive Committee as an IVOA Recommendation. It is a stable document and may be used as reference material or cited as a normative reference from another document. IVOA's role in making the Recommendation is to draw attention to the specification and to promote its widespread deployment. This enhances the functionality and interoperability inside the Astronomical Community.

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