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Volume 404, Number 3, June IV 2003
Page(s) 1159 - 1163
Section Physical and chemical processes
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361:20030533

A&A 404, 1159-1163 (2003)
DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361:20030533

CVcat: An interactive database on cataclysmic variables

J. Kube1, B. T. Gänsicke1, 2, F. Euchner1 and B. Hoffmann1

1  Universitäts-Sternwarte Göttingen, Geismar Landstraße 11, 37083 Göttingen, Germany
2  Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Southampton, Hampshire, Southampton SO17 1BJ, UK

(Received 29 November 2002 / Accepted 12 March 2003 )

CVcat is a database that contains published data on cataclysmic variables and related objects. Unlike in the existing online sources, the users are allowed to add data to the catalogue. The concept of an "open catalogue" approach is reviewed together with the experience from one year of public usage of CVcat. New concepts to be included in the upcoming AstroCat framework and the next CVcat implementation are presented. CVcat can be found at http://www.cvcat.org.

Key words: astronomical data bases: miscellaneous -- catalogues -- stars: novae, cataclysmic variables

Offprint request: J. Kube, jkube@awi-koldewey.no

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