This repository contains practical examples illustrating the concept of the X3D pathway introduced in Vogt+, ApJ 818, 115 (2016)
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These files contain practical examples of the X3D pathway introduced by 

Vogt+, "Advanced Data Visualization in Astrophysics: the X3D Pathway", ApJ 818, 115 (2016)

and discussed further by

Vogt+, “Linking to X3D pathway to integral field spectrographs: YSNR 1E 0102.2-7219 in the SMC as a case study”, PASP (2017). 

For online examples of interactive 3-D models using HTML+X3D, see: 

http://fpavogt.github.io/x3d-pathway/


If you find some of this code useful for your research, please cite the above articles accordingly, as well as the DOI of the repository release you used. E.g.:

- for the “v1.2 PASP” release, DOI:10.5281/zenodo.197052
- for the “v1.0 ApJ” release, DOI:10.5281/zenodo.45079 
- for the "v0.9 arXiv“ release, DOI:10.5281/zenodo.31953
 
From the first article abstract: 

"Most modern astrophysical datasets are multi-dimensional; a characteristic that can nowadays generally be conserved and exploited scientifically during the data reduction/simulation and analysis cascades. Yet, the same multi-dimensional datasets are systematically cropped, sliced and/or projected to printable two-dimensional (2-D) diagrams at the publication stage. 

In this article, we introduce the concept of the “X3D pathway” as a mean of simplifying and easing the access to data visualization and publication via three-dimensional (3-D) diagrams. The X3D pathway exploits the facts that 1) the X3D 3-D file format lies at the center of a product tree that includes interactive HTML documents, 3-D printing, and high-end animations, and 2) all high-impact-factor & peer-reviewed journals in Astrophysics are now published (some exclusively) online. We argue that the X3D standard is an ideal vector for sharing multi-dimensional datasets, as it provides direct access to a range of different data visualization techniques, is fully-open source, and is a well defined ISO standard. 

Unlike other earlier propositions to publish multi-dimensional datasets via 3-D diagrams, the X3D pathway is not tied to specific software (prone to rapid and unexpected evolution), but instead compatible with a range of open-source software already in use by our community. The interactive HTML branch of the X3D pathway is also actively supported by leading peer-reviewed journals in the field of Astrophysics. Finally, this article provides interested readers with a detailed set of practical astrophysical examples designed to act as a stepping stone towards the implementation of the X3D pathway for any other dataset."

Questions, feedback,README remarks: frederic.vogt@alumni.anu.edu.au

Copyright (C) 2015-2016 Frédéric P.A. Vogt, Chris I. Owen 

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