Using “Server” API

The “server” API contains modules supporting VO Cone Search’s server-side operations, particularly to validate external Cone Search services for Simple Cone Search.

A typical user should not need the validator. However, this could be used by VO service providers to validate their services. Currently, any service to be validated has to be registered in STScI VAO Registry.

Inspection of Validation Results

astroquery.vo_conesearch.validator.inspect inspects results from Validation for Simple Cone Search. It reads in JSON files of VOSDatabase residing in astroquery.vo_conesearch.conf.vos_baseurl, which can be changed to point to a different location.

Configurable Items

This parameter is set via Configuration System (astropy.config):

  • astroquery.vo_conesearch.conf.vos_baseurl


>>> from astroquery.vo_conesearch.validator import inspect

Load Cone Search validation results from astroquery.vo_conesearch.conf.vos_baseurl (by default, the one used by Simple Cone Search):

>>> r = inspect.ConeSearchResults()
Downloading http://.../conesearch_good.json
Downloading http://.../conesearch_warn.json
Downloading http://.../conesearch_exception.json
Downloading http://.../conesearch_error.json

Print tally. In this example, there are 16 Cone Search services that passed validation with non-critical warnings, 2 with critical warnings, 0 with exceptions, and 0 with network error:

>>> r.tally()
good: 16 catalog(s)
warn: 2 catalog(s)
exception: 0 catalog(s)
error: 0 catalog(s)
total: 18 catalog(s)

Print a list of good Cone Search catalogs, each with title, access URL, warning codes collected, and individual warnings:

>>> r.list_cats('good')
Guide Star Catalog v2 1
.../vo.xml:136:0: W50: Invalid unit string 'pixel'
.../vo.xml:155:0: W48: Unknown attribute 'nrows' on TABLEDATA
# ...
USNO-A2 Catalogue 1
.../vo.xml:4:0: W21: vo.table is designed for VOTable version 1.1 and 1.2...
.../vo.xml:4:0: W42: No XML namespace specified
.../vo.xml:15:15: W17: VOTABLE element contains more than one DESCRIPTION...

List Cone Search catalogs with warnings, excluding warnings that were ignored in astroquery.vo_conesearch.validator.conf.noncritical_warnings, and writes the output to a file named 'warn_cats.txt' in the current directory. This is useful to see why the services failed validations:

>>> with open('warn_cats.txt', 'w') as fout:
...     r.list_cats('warn', fout=fout, ignore_noncrit=True)

List the titles of all good Cone Search catalogs:

>>> r.catkeys['good']
['Guide Star Catalog v2 1',
 'SDSS DR8 - Sloan Digital Sky Survey Data Release 8 1', ...,
 'USNO-A2 Catalogue 1']

Print the details of catalog titled 'USNO-A2 Catalogue 1':

>>> r.print_cat('USNO-A2 Catalogue 1')
    # ...
    "cap_type": "conesearch",
    "content_level": "research",
    # ...
    "waveband": "optical",
    "wsdl_url": ""
Found in good

Load Cone Search validation results from a local directory named 'subset'. This is useful if you ran your own Validation for Simple Cone Search and wish to inspect the output databases. This example reads in validation of STScI Cone Search services done in Validation for Simple Cone Search Examples:

>>> from astroquery.vo_conesearch import conf
>>> with conf.set_temp('vos_baseurl', './subset/'):
>>>     r = inspect.ConeSearchResults()
>>> r.tally()
good: 11 catalog(s)
warn: 3 catalog(s)
exception: 15 catalog(s)
error: 0 catalog(s)
total: 29 catalog(s)
>>> r.catkeys['good']
[u'Berkeley Extreme and Far-UV Spectrometer 1',
 u'Copernicus Satellite 1', ...,
 u'Wisconsin Ultraviolet Photo-Polarimeter Experiment 1']