A database with enterprise application for mining astronomical data obtained by MOA : a thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of the Master of Information Science in Computer Science, Massey University at Albany, Auckland, New Zealand
The MOA (Microlensing Observations in Astrophysics) Project is one of a new generation of modern astronomy endeavours that generates huge volumes of data. These have enormous scientific data mining potential. However, it is common for astronomers to deal with millions and even billions of records. The challenge of how to manage these large data sets is an important case for researchers. A good database management system is vital for the research. With the modern observation equipments used, MOA suffers from the growing volume of the data and a database management solution is needed. This study analyzed the modern technology for database and enterprise application. After analysing the data mining requirements of MOA, a prototype data management system based on MVC pattern was developed. Furthermore, the application supports sharing MOA findings and scientific data on the Internet. It was tested on a 7GB subset of achieved MOA data set. After testing, it was found that the application could query data in an efficient time and support data mining.