New Features Coming Soon!

We are excited to announce the first release of the new SciServer science framework, coming in Spring 2016. Our new system will bring a number of improvements to the existing SkyServer and CasJobs sites. Read more about the impending changes.

SciServer logo: a blue globe in a blue/gray circle

What’s New?

With SciServer, both SkyServer (new window) and CasJobs (new window) are about to receive major upgrades. The upgraded sites will use modern web technologies, offering even more flexible ways to access data from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) (new window).

Although there are major changes under the hood, both sites will continue to function as they always have. You will still be able to use SkyServer to search SDSS data in several ways, including writing freeform SQL queries. You will still be able to use CasJobs to run long, complex queries asynchronously, to save results in your personal MyDB database, and to plot and analyze data in a variety of ways. As always, all tools and data will continue to be offered free of charge to everyone.

But the new SciServer-enabled sites will introduce several new features that we hope will enhance your research and teaching. These new tools include an enhanced login account system, better integration among sites, and a new drag-and-drop interface for data management that will make uploading your own data even easier. In the near future, SciServer will further add a new online environment to quickly and securely run analysis scripts online, as well as additional large scientific datasets from fields like ecology, fluid dynamics, and genomics. With these new features, SciServer will expand the SDSS’s new approach to research and education to all of science.

These pages describe the new features that the SciServer framework will bring to SkyServer and CasJobs over the upcoming months. Use the links in this New Features section to explore these exciting new changes.

Release Date

Our first release, called SciServer: Altair, will occur on Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016.

All these tools are provided free of charge, and always will be. We will also offer programmatic interfaces to our new SciServer resources; contact us for more information. We will provide regular updates as we have them, in particular to answer common questions in a Frequently Asked Questions page.


We are excited to bring these new resources online over the coming months. We will add more information about SciServer as well, including a frequently asked questions page. If you have questions, please contact us!