On May 14-19, the International Alliance of Virtual Observers (IVOA) for 2017 was held in Shanghai, the largest city in China.


On May 14-19, the International Alliance of Virtual Observers (IVOA) for 2017 was held in Shanghai, the largest city in China.

 

The meeting was organized by the Chinese Virtual Observatory and the Shanghai Astronomical Observatory funded by the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), China’s National Science Foundation (NSFC) and Inspur Corporation.

The meeting was attended by researchers from China, the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Canada. Greece was represented by NEUROPUBLIC, a member of the ESA team for the project VO.

 

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 IVOA now comprises 20 VO programs from Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Europe, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, and the United States and an inter-governmental organization (ESA).

 

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.

 

You can find more information about this in :   http://ivoa2017shanghai.csp.escience.cn/