There is an operational and a practical requirement for three distinct data processing pipelines: a summit pipeline; a basic pipeline back in the UK; and an advanced pipeline also in the UK. All WFCAM data, including non-UKIDSS data, is to be processed through the summit and basic pipelines and the calibrated science data made securely available through the on-line WFCAM archive.
An on-line database describing the observations, and the summit-derived Data Quality Control (DQC) information will be maintained on Hawaii and mirrored in Cambridge, as is done currently with all UKIRT observations. These may require updating when final DQC information is available from the UK-run basic pipeline. This database will form the knowledge interface that helps define and plan the overall observing strategy.