SPS3: Science with the Virtual Observatory
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The development of huge astronomical data bases archives and software tools that utilize computer networks to create an environment in which research can be conducted have initiated an active use of new techniques in astronomy, Virtual Observatory (VO). It is a collection of interoperating data and software to form a research environment in which complex research programs can be conducted.
During the past 10 years it has been produced a resumption of a dialogue between astronomers and computer scientists, led by the International Virtual Observatory Alliance (IVOA). This dialogue has been quite fruitful and has been the origin of a new discipline that can be called Data Intensive Astronomy.
VO projects worldwide are now moving from the development of infrastructure into the operations era. In order for such projects to remain viable, it is essential that VO projects become more closely aligned with the needs of the astronomical research community and the metric of success of the IVOA and the national VO projects will be wide utilization of VO products and services by astronomers worldwide.
The IVOA has begun to focus its efforts in this area by assisting in the creation of scientific sessions at major international meetings, developing science use cases, identifying urgently-needed services, and suggesting paths for implementation of these services in close collaboration with the IVOA.
The proposed Special Session is certainly timely and of great interest. Moreover, since the topics covered are related with
nearly all areas in astronomy, the Special Session should be organized within a JENAM, where surely will attract many of the participants working in different astronomical fields. The ENAM-2011 is clearly the best choice for hosting this promising meeting. It should be noted that such sessions have been regularly organized at most of the recent important international meetings, such as the IAU General Assemblies and previous JENAMs, and they have attracted many astronomers from various areas.
- Modern astronomical data resources
- VO tools / instruments / data mining / data analysis
- Results of VO scientific applications
- Interaction between VO community and other astronomers
- Future of VO
- The NASA Astrophysics Data System and its role in the Virtual Observatory : Alberto Accomazzi (SAO/ADS) TBC
- VO tools for search through target types : Mark Allen (CDS)
- IVOA: first decade and future plans : Christophe Arviset (ESA-ESAC)
- Science with the VO: Spectroscopic studies of pre-main sequence stars : Deborah Baines (ESA)
- Extragalactic astrophysics with the Virtual Observatory : Igor Chilingarian (SAI MSU / Obs de Strasbourg)
- New means in accessing and annotating CDS services : Sebastien Derriere (CDS) TBC
- Using VO technologies to access CADC collections : Severin Gaudet (NRC)
- Science initiatives of the US Virtual Astronomical Observatory : Bob Hanisch (STScI / VAO)
- VAMDC: The Virtual Atomic and Molecular Data Centre : Pierre Le Sidaner (Obs de Paris /VO-Paris)
- Cross catalog matching with VO and parameterization of stars : Oleg Malkov (INASAN)
- Large astronomical surveys, archives and databases ; Areg Mickaelian (Byurakan Obs.)
- VODKA: as VO-tools can be usefull for data mining science : Riccardo Smareglia (INAF-OATs)
- Galactic science with the Virtual Observatory : Ivan Zolotukhin (Obs de Paris)
Oleg Malkov (INASAN, email@example.com)
Areg Mickaelian (Byurakan Astroph. Obs., firstname.lastname@example.org)
Christophe Arviset (ESA-ESAC, Christophe.Arviset@esa.int)