A key property of Astro-WISE is that the raw imaging data and meta data from all supported imaging instruments are stored in a single way in Astro-WISE. Information on the instrument is linked to the raw data when the latter enters the Astro-WISE Information System in a uniform way. As a consequence, the raw/intermediate/fully calibrated data from all supported imaging instruments are archived and processed in an identical fashion. In other words, once you know how to deal with data from one particular instrument in Astro-WISE you know how to process and archive them all. During calibration, instrument specific differences are captured in process parameters. These process parameters are linked to the calibrated data. As a consequence, they will be automatically used in post-calibration processing without the user bothering about it. This makes the post-calibration procedures identical for different instruments.
In summary, in the Astro-WISE information system, it is the instrument that is calibrated, not the data: the distinction between imaging instruments vanishes in Astro-WISE.
This allows tremendous simplifications in the data reduction/analysis process. For example, once an instrument is supported, one can "push the button" and derive the final data products simply and easily. In addition since all data in Astro-WISE is treated in this fashion it means one can also take advantage of data products previously derived by other workers (e.g., calibration files) to derive new data products for an instrument.