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ESA-VO News and Events

In this page you will find latest news and events -in reverse chronological order- in which the ESA-VO project is involved. Details will be provided through links to the relevant places.


EuroVO-ICE School at the Observatoire de Strasbourg, France (21-24 March 2011)

The EURO-VO project, in the framework of the EURO-VO International Cooperation Empowerment (ICE), is organising an international School at the Observatoire de Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France.

The Virtual Observatory (VO) is opening up new ways of exploiting the huge amount of data provided by the ever-growing number of ground-based and space facilities, as well as by computer simulations. The goals of the School are to expose European astronomers to the variety of VO tools and services available today so that they can use them efficiently for their own research.

To achieve these goals, VO experts will lecture and tutor the participants on the usage of such tools. Real life examples of scientific applications will be given, some of them selected from the science cases that participants will be asked to submit at the time of registration. A large fraction of the time will be dedicated to hands-on exercises, which will allow participants to become fully familiar with the VO capabilities on their own laptops.

Tools providing the following functionalities will be presented:

  • Data discovery and data mining
  • Catalogue and table handling
  • Image and spectra handling
  • Cross-correlations

In order to ensure the right level of interaction, participation will be restricted to a limited number of participants. Preference will be given to PhD students and post-docs.

Deadline for registration is February 7, 2011. Some travel support is available for this workshop.

For more details, visit the workshop's web page: http://cdsweb.u-strasbg.fr/voschool2011/


ESAC VO School, European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC), Madrid (19-20 October 2010)

The Virtual Observatory (VO) is opening up new ways of exploiting the huge amount of data provided by the ever-growing number of ground-based and space facilities, as well as by computer simulations. At ESAC we have the unique position of hosting two major Virtual Observatory groups: the ESA-VO Team, part of the Science Archives Team (SAT) of the European Space Agency, and the Spanish Virtual Observatory (SVO), the Spanish National VO group at LAEX. We therefore wish to share our knowledge and expose attendants to the variety of VO tools and services available today so that they can use them efficiently for their own research. Particular emphasis will be placed on the European VO tools TOPCAT, VOSpec and Aladin. Our intention is to open this workshop to ESAC colleagues, and to any interested participants from local and national institutes in Spain

VO Experts from the ESA-VO group and from the Spanish Virtual Observatory will lecture and tutor the participants on the usage of VO tools. Real life examples of scientific applications will be given. The majority of the time will be dedicated to hands-on exercises, which will allow participants to become fully familiar with the VO capabilities. Towards the end of the workshop participants will have the opportunity to apply what they have learned to their own scientific cases.

Tools providing the following functionalities will be presented:

  • Data discovery and data mining
  • Catalogue and table handling
  • Image and spectra handling
  • Cross-correlations
For further details and registration please go to: http://www.sciops.esa.int/index.php?project=CONF2010&page=ESAC_VO2010/

EuroVO-AIDA School 2010 at the Observatoire de Strasbourg, France (25-28 January 2010)

The Euro-VO project, in the framework of the Euro-VO Astronomical Infrastructure for Data Access (AIDA),is organising an international School at the Observatoire de Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France.

The Virtual Observatory (VO) is opening up new ways of exploiting the huge amount of data provided by the ever-growing number of ground-based and space facilities, as well as by computer simulations. The goals of the School are to expose European astronomers to the variety of VO tools and services available today so that they can use them efficiently for their own research.

To achieve these goals, VO experts will lecture and tutor the participants on the usage of such tools. Real life examples of scientific applications will be given, some of them selected from the science cases that participants will be asked to submit at the time of registration. A large fraction of the time will be dedicated to hands-on exercises, which will allow participants to become fully familiar with the VO capabilities.

Tools providing the following functionalities will be presented:

  • Data discovery and data mining
  • Catalogue and table handling
  • Image and spectra handling
  • Cross-correlations
  • Access to theoretical models

In order to ensure the right level of interaction, participation will be restricted to a limited number of participants. Preference will be given to PhD students and post-docs.

Deadline for registration is February 7, 2011. Some travel support is available for this workshop.

For more details, visit the workshop's web page: http://cds.u-strasbg.fr/aidahandson2010/


Euro-VO AIDA Workshop on How to Publish Data in the VO at ESAC, Spain (22-26 June 2009)

The EuroVO project, in the framework of AIDA, is organising an international workshop on How to Publish Data in the VO at ESAC on 22-26 June 2009. The workshop is geared towards data centres and large projects to enable them to acquire the knowledge and experience necessary to publish data products and other resources to the Virtual Observatory.

Details on the workshop can be found at: http://www.sciops.esa.int/index.php?project=CONFERENCE&page=AIDA_VOWS2009

The deadline for registration is 29th May 2009.


The Virtual Observatory and Distributed Computing Session at The European Week of Astronomy and Space Science, University of Hertfordshire, UK (20-23 April 2009)

A parallel session: Wednesday 22 April 2009: 11:00 - 15:30

Abstract Deadline: Monday 9 March 2009 at http://www.jenam2009.eu/

BACKGROUND

Significant new software systems are being deployed across Europe to meet the challenges presented by current and planned astronomical missions and research projects. This session will allow for updates on systems covering emerging Virtual Observatory systems (e.g. The Euro-VO), advanced data pipe-lining and management systems designed to support the scientific exploitation of new missions from ESA and ESO, use of distributed compute grids to support e.g. numerical simulations, and significant new astronomy applications for use on the 'desktop'. Further, the session will highlight how astronomers can access the widest range of data and applications through the VO, via a variety of robust tools, offering a range of features.

Those with new systems, examples of research enabled by access to powerful compute infrastructures, or members from astronomy missions with challenging new requirements are encouraged to contribute to this session. The two sessions will:

  • Contain invited presentations to review the availability of Virtual Observatory services (data and applications) in Europe, showcasing the leading efforts of ESO and ESA.
  • Allow contributed presentations demonstrating the scientific results from the use of European-VO services, including new access to survey data, generation of transient event pipelines, and so forth.
  • Present the availability of simulations and theoretical services through the Virtual Observatory.
  • Highlight the use of commercially developed systems such as Google-Sky and Microsoft's World Wide Telescope as tools for astronomers.
This session will be of interest to a wide cross section of astronomy users, from cosmologists to solar-terrestrial physicists.Those wishing to make a contribution to this session, either as a contributed talk or poster paper are encouraged to submit their abstracts through the meeting website at http://www.jenam2009.eu/. Abstracts are submitted when registering - please select session (t) 'The Virtual Observatory and Distributed Computing'.


EuroVO-AIDA School 2009 at ESO, Garching bei München, Germany (30th March - 2nd April 2009)

The Euro-VO project, in the framework of the Euro-VO Astronomical Infrastructure for Data Access (AIDA), is organising an international School at ESO, Garching bei München, Germany.

The Virtual Observatory (VO) is opening up new ways of exploiting the huge amount of data provided by the ever-growing number of ground-based and space facilities, as well as by computer simulations. The goals of the School are to expose European astronomers to the variety of VO tools and services available today so that they can use them efficiently for their own research.

To achieve these goals, VO experts will lecture and tutor the participants on the usage of such tools. Real life examples of scientific applications will be given, some of them selected from the science cases that participants will be asked to submit at the time of registration. A large fraction of the time will be dedicated to hands-on exercises, which will allow participants to become fully familiar with the VO capabilities.

Tools providing the following functionalities will be presented:

  • Data discovery and data mining
  • Catalogue and table handling
  • Image and spectra handling
  • Cross-correlations
  • Access to theoretical models

In order to ensure the right level of interaction, participation will be restricted to a limited number of participants. Preference will be given to PhD students and post-docs.

Deadline for registration is February 15, 2009. Some travel support is available for this workshop.

For more details, visit the workshop's web page: http://www.euro-vo.org/aidahandson2009/


EuroVO-AIDA 1st Community Workshop on Multi-wavelength Astronomy and the VO (1-3 December 2008)

The EuroVO project, in the framework of AIDA, is organsing an international workshop on Multi-wavelength Astronomy and the VO at ESAC on 1-3 December 2008. The goals of the workshop are to pinpoint the challenges multi-wavelength astronomy will be facing in the coming years and to identify how the unique capabilities intrinsic to the VO concept, such as simultaneous access to different archives, metadata describing the content and quality of the data packages or tools to e.g. cross-correlate the various datasets, can meet them. To achieve these goals, the workshop will bring together experts in multi-wavelength galactic and extragalactic astronomy and scientists and engineers actively involved in the international VO initiative.

Deadline for registration is October 24 2008. Please visit the web page of the workshop for more details.


EuroVO DCA Workshop on How to publish you data in the VO (23-27 June 2008)

The second EuroVO DCA workshop on "How to Publish data in the VO" was held at ESO in June 2008.

The ESAVO Team was responsible for the following tutorials :


IVOA interoperability meeting, Trieste (19-23 May 2008)

The May 2008 IVOA Interoperability meeting has taken place in Trieste, Italy. The ESAVO project has been represented by C.Arviset, P.Osuna, J.Salgado, I.Ortiz, A.Stebe, A.Micol and A.Laruelo who participate actively on IVOA standard definitions and applications. See details on the meeting pages.


EURO-VO DCA Workshop on Theory and GRID, Garching (07-11 April 2008)

In the context of WP4 and WP5 of the EURO-VO DCA project, two specific workshops are organized back to back on "Theory and the VO" and on "GRID and the VO".

Presentation of usage of the GRID within ESAC, astronomical data centre has been given.

Details of the workshop can be found here.


Start of the EURO-VO AIDA project on 01 February 2008

The EURO-VO AIDA (Astronomical Infrastructure for Data Access) has been funded by the European Commission and has started in February 2008 for a period of 30 months. EuroVO-AIDA aims at unifying the digital data collections of European astronomy, integrating their access mechanisms with evolving e-technologies, and enhancing the science extracted from these datasets. EuroVO-AIDA integrates the technology, networking and service activities of Euro-VO into a fully functioning eInfrastructure.

ESA-VO will actively participate to EURO-VO AIDA, in particular in leading WP3 (Service Activities in support of deployment of IVOA protocols and standards) and WP7 (Data Access Protocols and Data Models).


VO School for Lithuanian Astronomers (15-26 Oct 2007)

The ESAVO project team has been invited to give a series of Lectures and Tutorials in the 2007 edition of the VO School for Lithuanian Astronomers (EC funded workshop). The team will be represented by Jesus Salgado and Aurelien Stebe who will talk during two consecutive days about the following topics:

  • ESAC Archives and VO activities (Lecture)
  • Atomic and Molecular Line Data Model and Simple Line Access Protocol (Lecture and demo)
  • the IVOA ADQL language and its usage in astronomy (Lecture)
  • VOSpec Spectral Analysis tool (Lecture, demo and hands on session)
  • Theoretical Spectral Access in the VO (Lecture and Demo)
  • ESAVO Registry and its evolution to EuroVO Registry (Lecture)
  • How to publish Images in VO: DAL Toolkit (Hands-on session)
  • How to Map data models to IVOA models and access through ADQL: DMMapper (Hands-on session)

At the time of writing this update, no links to web program have been provided by the organisation.


VOTech Stage 6 planning meeting in Edinburgh (8-11 Oct 2007)

The VOTech Stage 6 planning meeting is taking place in Edinburgh at the School of Physics, Centre for Science under Extreme Conditions.

ESA-VO acts as an invited partner to the VOTech meetings through the VOTC, which is composed of VOTech plus ESA. P. Osuna, A. Stebe and I. Barbarisi are representing ESAVO work within the VOTC. Presentations will be done on DMMapper&DALToolkit (A. Stebe) and VOSpec latest updates (I. Barbarisi).


EURO-VO DCA PCT Meeting in Trieste (4-5 Oct 2007)

The Euro-VO DCA Common Board-PCT meeting has taken place at the INAF premises in Trieste, Italy. C. Arviset has been representing the ESAVO work there. The meeting has covered the following main objectives:

  • Assessment of Cycle 1 activity
  • Preparation of the revised Project Plan for Cycle 2 (deliverable D3); also for WP3-6.
  • Preparation of the First periodic report to EU (deliverable D15, under WP1 responsibility)
  • Discussion of the Data Centre census information collection and collation

IVOA interoperability meeting, Cambridge (27-28 Sep 2007)

The Cambridge 2007 IVOA Interoperability meeting has taken place in the Institute of Astronomy in Cambridge. The ESAVO project has been represented by C. Arviset, P. Osuna, J. Salgado, I. Ortiz, A. Stebe and A. Micol who participate actively on IVOA Standard definitions and applications. See the schedule at the meeting pages.


ADASS XVII (23-26 Sep 2007)

The 17th edition of the ADASS conference took place at London. The ESAVO was represented there by C. Arviset, P. Osuna, E. Parrilla and A. Laruelo (unfortunately unable to attend at the very last moment) and A. Micol. ESAVO Project team were accompanied by some other ESAC colleagues (A. Ibarra, E. Ojero, J.C. Vallejo from XMM-Newton, W. O'Mullane from GAIA and others).

A demo booth was available to show the ESA Scientific Archives for Astronomy Space Based missions and Planetary missions, as well as the Remote Interface for XMM-Newton SAS processing (RISA), together with tools from the ESAVO Project (VOSpec, VOQuest).

Presentations can be found at the ADASS like given above.


EuroVO DCA Workshop on How to publish you data in the VO (25-29 June 2007)

The first EuroVO DCA workshop on "How to Publish data in the VO" was held at ESAC during the summer of 2007.

The ESAVO Team was responsible for the overall coordination. Also, tutorials were prepared and given on three areas:

Details of the workshop program and of the contents can be found here.


Astronomical Spectroscopy and the VO (21-23 March 2007)

The workshop on Astronomical Spectroscopy and the VO was held at ESAC in March 2007. A selected Program Organising Committee was compiled with experts on the different disciplines coming from different parts of the world. From ESAVO porject, both M. Guainazzi and P. Osuna acted as co-chairs of the POC. The overal organistaion was done by the ESAVO team.

Details of the workshop and detailed program can be found here .


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