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MIME Sub-type Registrations for Flexible Image Transport System (FITS) (RFC4047)

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Original Publication Date: 2005-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-19
Document File: 24 page(s) / 54K

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Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

S. Allen: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

This document describes the registration of the Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions (MIME) sub-types to be used by the international astronomical community for the interchange of Flexible Image Transport System (FITS) files. The encoding is defined by the published FITS standard documents. The FITS format has been in use since 1979, and almost all data from astronomical observations are interchanged by using FITS.

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Network Working Group                                           S. Allen
Request for Comments: 4047                          UCO/Lick Observatory
Category: Informational                                         D. Wells
                                    National Radio Astronomy Observatory
                                                              April 2005


                    MIME Sub-type Registrations for
                 Flexible Image Transport System (FITS)

Status of This Memo

   This memo provides information for the Internet community.  It does
   not specify an Internet standard of any kind.  Distribution of this
   memo is unlimited.

Copyright Notice

   Copyright (C) The Internet Society (2005).

Abstract

   This document describes the registration of the Multipurpose Internet
   Mail Extensions (MIME) sub-types to be used by the international
   astronomical community for the interchange of Flexible Image
   Transport System (FITS) files.  The encoding is defined by the
   published FITS standard documents.  The FITS format has been in use
   since 1979, and almost all data from astronomical observations are
   interchanged by using FITS.

Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction..................................................  2
   2.  Conventions Used in this Document.............................  2
   3.  Overview......................................................  2
   4.  FITS Definition...............................................  3
       4.1.  FITS Structure..........................................  3
       4.2.  History of FITS Features................................  5
       4.3.  Stability of the FITS definition........................  6
       4.4.  Portability of FITS files...............................  7
       4.5.  Application Programming Interfaces to FITS..............  7
       4.6.  FITS File Conformance Testing...........................  8
       4.7.  Archives That Distribute FITS Files.....................  8
   5.  IANA Considerations...........................................  9
       5.1.  Registration of application/fits........................ 10
       5.2.  Registration of image/fits.............................. 14
   6.  References.................................................... 19
       6.1.  Normative References.................................... 19

Allen & Wells                Informational                      [Page 1]
RFC 4047          MIME Sub-type Registrations for FITS        April 2005


       6.2.  Informative References.....................................