The IVOA International meeting in in Chile and NEUROPUBLIC’s participation
News ◦ 06—11—2017
On 27-29 October 2017, the International Alliance of Virtual Observatory (IVOA) for 2017 was held in Santiago, Chile.
The Virtual Observatory (VO)
The vision of the Virtual Observatory (VO) is to allow astronomical datasets and other resources to interoperate seamlessly. The VO resources are provided by different organizations spread all over the world, but they feel as if they are inside the user’s computer.
The International Virtual Observatory Alliance (IVOA) is an organization that debates and agrees the technical standards that are needed to make the VO possible. It also acts as a focus for the VO vision, a framework for discussing and sharing VO ideas and technology, and a body for promoting and publicizing the VO.
The IVOA Interoperability Workshops
The IVOA Interoperability Workshops provide a semi-annual venue for discussion and development of Virtual Observatory standards and VO-based applications and are open to those with an interest in utilizing the VO infrastructure and tools in support of observatory operations and/or astronomical research.
This meeting was hosted by the Chilean Virtual Observatory (ChiVO), and was supported by the Technical University Federico Santa María (UTFSM). The workshop held at the Sheraton Conference Centre in Santiago de Chile from 27 to 29 of October.
Greece was represented by NEUROPUBLIC, an active member of the ESA team for the project Euro-VO Registry.
The International Virtual Observatory Alliance (IVOA)
The International Virtual Observatory Alliance (IVOA) was formed in June 2002 with a mission to facilitate the international coordination and collaboration necessary for the development and deployment of the tools, systems and organizational structures necessary to enable the international utilization of astronomical archives as an integrated and interoperating virtual observatory.
The Virtual Observatory (VO) aims to provide a research environment that will open up new possibilities for scientific research based on data discovery, efficient data access, and interoperability. The vision is of global astronomy archives connected via the VO to form a multiwavelength digital sky that can be searched, visualized, and analyzed in new and innovative ways. VO projects worldwide working toward this vision are already providing science capabilities with new tools and services.