The Ruby AVM Library

The Astronomy Visualization Metadata (AVM) standard is an extension of the Adobe XMP format. This extension adds information to an astronomical image that describes the scientific data and methods of collection that went in to producing the image. This Ruby library assists in reading the metadata from XMP documents and writing out AVM data as a new XMP file.

Installing the library

From Bundler

In your Gemfile:

gem 'ruby-avm-library'

To use the current development version:

gem 'ruby-avm-library', :git => 'git://'

From RubyGems

gem install ruby-avm-library

Basic usage

Reading an XMP file

require 'avm/image'

image = AVM::Image.from_xml('my-file.xmp'))

puts image.title #=> "The title of the image"

Writing XML data

image.to_xml #=> <xmp data in xml format />

Creating an Image from scratch

image =
image.title = "The title of the image"

observation = image.create_observation(:instrument => 'HST', :color_assignment => 'Green')
contact = image.creator.create_contact(:name => 'John Bintz')

Command line tool

avm2avm currently performs one function: take an XMP file from stdin and pretty print the image as a Hash:

avm2avm < my-file.xmp

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