The General Single-Dish Data format: A retrospective

Tim Jenness, Elizabeth B. Stobie, Ronald J. Maddalena, Robert W. Garwood, Jon H. Fairclough, Richard M. Prestage, Remo P.J. Tilanus, Rachael Padman

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The General Single-Dish Data format (GSDD) was developed in the mid-1980s as a data model to support centimeter, millimeter and submillimeter instrumentation at NRAO, JCMT, the University of Arizona and IRAM. We provide an overview of the GSDD requirements and associated data model, discuss the implementation of the resultant file formats, describe its usage in the observatories and provide a retrospective on the format.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)162-173
Number of pages12
JournalAstronomy and Computing
StatePublished - Sep 1 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Data formats
  • History and philosophy of astronomy
  • Submillimeter: general

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Space and Planetary Science


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