List of acronyms in Astronomy, a glossary.


A AADC Aperture Array Design & Construction
AARTFAAC Amsterdam ASTRON Radio Transient Facility And Analysis Centre
AAVS Aperture Array Verification System
AENEAS Advanced European Network of E-infrastructures for Astronomy with the SKA
AGN Active Galactic Nuclei
AIP Advanced Instrumentation Programme
ALMA Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array
ANTARES Astronomy with a Neutrino Telescope and Abyss environmental Research
APC AstroParticule et Cosmologie
APERTIF Aperture Tile In Focus
APPEC AstroParticle Physics European Consortium
ARTS APERTIF Radio Transient System
ASKAP Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder
ASPERA Astroparticle Physics European Research Area
ASTERICS Astronomy ESFRI & Research Infrastructure Cluster
ASTRON Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy
Astro-WISE Astronomical Wide-field Imaging System for Europe
ATH Astro Tech Holding
B BALTICS Building on Advanced LOFAR Technology for Innovation, Collaboration, and Sustainability
BTT Bureau of Technology Transfer
C CAMRAS C.A. Muller Radio Astronomie Station (volunteers)
CEA Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives
CfA Center for Astrophysics (Harvard University, Cambridge USA)
CITT Calibration and Imaging Tiger Team
CNRS Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
CPPM Centre de Physique des Particules de Marseille
CRAF Committee on Radio Astronomy Frequencies (from ESF)
CSP Central Signal Processor
CTA Cherenkov Telescope Array
CUDA Compute Unified Device Architecture
CWL Common Workflow Language
D D-ANA Data Analysis/interpretation
DESCA Development of a Simplified Consortium Agreement
DESY Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron
D-GEX Data Generation and information Extraction
D-GIA Data Generation, Integration & Analysis
D-INT Data systems Integration
DiRAC Distributed infrastructure with Remote Agent Control
DSL Discovering the Sky at the Longest Wavelengths
E EAS European Astronomical Society
eduGAIN Education Global Authentication Infrastructure
E-ELT European Extremely Large Telescope
EGEE Enabling Grids for E-science
EGI European Grid Infastructure
EGO European Gravitational Observatory
EMC Electro Magnetische Compatibiliteit
EOR Epoch of Reionization
EOSC European Open Science Cloud
EPA Early Production Array
ERA-NET European Research Area Network
ERC European Research Council
ERCET European Research Center for Exascale Technology
ERIC European Research Infrastructure Consortium
ESA European Space Agency
ESCAPE European Science Cluster of Astronomy and Particle Physics ESFRIs
ESF European Science Foundation (Strasbourg)
ESFRI European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures
ESO European Southern Observatory
ET Einstein Telescope
Euclid an ESA medium class astronomy and astrophysics space Mission
EUDAT European Collaborative Data Infrastructure
EU-T0 Data Research and Innovation Hub (European Tier 0)
EURO-VO European Virtual Observatory
e-VLBI European Very Long Baseline Interferometry
EVN European VLBI Network
EXPReS Express Production Real-time e-VLBI Service
F FAU Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen Nürnberg
FITS Flexible Image Transport System
FPGA Field Programmable Gate Array
H HBA High Band Antenna
HDF Hierarchical Data Format
HESS High Energy Stereoscopic System
HPC High Performance Computing
HST Hubble Space Telescope
HTSM High Tech Systemen en Materialen
I IAA International Academy of Astronautics
IAF International Astronautical Federation
IAP Institut d’Astrophysique de Paris
IAU International Astronomical Union
IceCube South Pole neutrino observatory
IEEC Institut d’Estudis Espacials de Catalunya (Institute for Space Studies of Catalonia)
IFAE Instituto de Fisica de Altas Energias
ILT International Lofar Telescope
INAF Instituto Nazionale di AstroFisica
INFN Instituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare
INT Isaac Newton Telescope (La Palma)
INTA Instituto Nacional de Tecnica Aeroespacial
IRA Instituto di Radioastronomia (Bologna)
iRODS Integrated Rule-Oriented Data System
IVOA International Virtual Observatory Alliance
IVS International VLBI Service
J JIVE Joint Insititute for VLBI ERIC
JCMT James Clark Maxwell Telescope (Mauna Kea Observatory, Hawaii)
JWST James Webb Space Telescope (NASA)
K KM3-NeT KM3 Neutrino Telescope
KPI Key Performance Indicators
KSP Key Science Project
L LAPP Laboratoire d’Annecy-le-Vieux de Physique des Particules
LBA Low Band Antenna
LEIT Leadership in Enabling & Industrial Technologies
LIGO Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory
LNA Low Noise Amplifier
LOFAR Low Frequency Array
LSST Large Synoptic Survey Telescope
LUTH Laboratoire de l'Univers et de ses Théories
M MAGIC Major Atmospheric Gamma-ray Imaging Cherenkov telescopes
MAUD Management, User engagement and data Dissemination
MFAA Mid Frequency Aperture Array
MPE Mass Participation Experiments
MWA Murchison Widefield Array (in Australia)
N NAC Nederlandse Astronomen Club
NCLE Netherlands-China Long-wavelength Explorer
NEXPReS Novel Explorations Pushing Robust e-VLBI Services
ngVLA next generation Very Large Array
NLAP Netherlands Low-Frequency Radio Astronomy Platform
NL-LAC NL LOFAR voor Astronomie Consortium
NOVA Nederlandse Onderzoekschool Voor Astronomie
NRF National Research Foundation (South Africa)
NRO Nationaal Regieorgaan Onderwijsonderzoek
NWO Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek
O OAI-PMH Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting
OAS Observatoire Astronomique de Strasbourg
OASIS Optically Adaptive System for Imaging Spectroscopy
OBSPAR Observatoire de Paris
OLFAR Orbiting Low Frequency Antenna for Radio Astronomy
OpenLDAP Open Lightweight Directory Access Protocol
P PI Principal Investigator
PRACE Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe
R RCU Receiver Unit
RDA Research Data Alliance
RFI Radio Frequency Interference
RI Research Infrastructure
ROOT Object-oriented program and library developed by CERN
RoSF Region of Smart Factories
S SAC Science Advisory Committee
SDP Science Data Processor
SDP Science Data Products
SETI Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence
SKA Square Kilometre Array
SME Small and Medium-sized Enterprises
SODP SKA Observatory Development Programme
SRCCG SKA Regional Centre Coordination Group
STW Stichting voor de Technische Wetenschappen
SURFnet subsidiary of Samenwerkende Universitaire Reken Faciliteiten
T TERAPIX Traitement Élémentaire, Réduction et Analyse des Pixels
TKI Topconsortia voor Kennis en Innovatie
U URSI Union Radio-Scientifique Internationale
V VERITAS Very Energetic Radiation Imaging Telescope Array System
VIRGO Interferometer for detection of Gravitational Waves
VLA Very Large Array (Socorro)
VLBI Very Long Baseline Interferometry
VLT Very Large Telescope (Atacama desert Chili)
VST VLT Survey Telescope (Atacama desert Chili) - ESO
VO Virtual Observatory
W WBSPF Wide Band Single Pixel Feed
WHT William Herschel Telescope (La Palma, Canary Islands)
WLCG Worldwide LHC Computing Grid
WMS Web Map Service
WP Work Package
WSRT Westerbork Synthesis Radio Telescope
X XLDB Extremely Large Data Base

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