This directory contains a variety of documents related to FITS,
organized in a directory tree:
standards -- FITS standards documents. The NASA version of the
FITS standards is file
fits_standard.ps. The latest version of the BINTABLE (Binary Table)
overviews -- The NASA FITS
User's Guide is a comprehensive overview of almost every aspect
of FITS. This archive also contains discussions of FITS Basics
part-2, i.e. FAQs), the
early history of FITS (pre-FITS prototyping and the FITS
'birthday'), the TABLE extension as a self-describing format for
relational databases, and summary statistics of
the FITS user community.
proposals -- Drafts of proposed additions to the FITS standards
which are currently being considered by the FITS committees.
committees -- Reports of activities of the European FITS Committee
and the WGAS FITS Committee, plus Annual Reports of the Chair of the
IAU FITS WG.
-- Various drafts which might or might not become formal proposals for
FITS standards. Also, certain project-specific or discipline-specific
conventions. For example, document ogip_93_001 describes the NASA
HEASARC OGIP conventions for using the FITS BINTABLE extension to
interchange and archive high energy astrophysics data.
-- World Coordinate Systems -- documents discussing the semantics of
describing various projective geometries using FITS header syntax.
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