CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)
CNRS coordinates the French participation in the VO through the Action Spécifique Observatoires Virtuels France (Specific Action France Virtual Observatory – AS OV). AS OV is supported by INSU and CNES, and coordinates the French participation to the VO from most French Observatories.
The EuroVO-ICE project is coordinated by the Centre de Données astronomiques de Strasbourg (CDS - INSU/Université Louis Pasteur), a major participant in the development of the VO at the international and national levels, and a partner of the European FP5 AVO RTD project, FP6 VOTECH ) Design Study, FP6 EuroVO-DCA and FP7 EuroVO-AIDA project. CDS publishes widely used reference services in the VO.
ESO (European Southern Observatory)
The European Southern Observatory is a European intergovernmental research organisation developing and operating observatories in Chile on behalf of astronomers in 11 member states of the EU. ESO operates the world’s largest astronomical data archive with more than 3000 registered users and provides access to 50 Terabytes of data from ESO telescopes.
ESO was the co-ordinating organisation of the FP5 AVO RTD Project and founding member of the (IVOA). ESO participated in the Euro-VO Data Centre Alliance and leads the Euro-VO Facility Centre with ESA. It contributes to several VOTECH tasks.
INAF (Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica)
The Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica - INAF promotes, realizes and co-ordinates, also within programs of the European Union and international organisms, activity of research in many astronomical fields, in collaboration with the Universities and with other public and private, national and international subjects. It is a network that consisting of Astronomical Observatories and Institutes geographically distributed over the national territory.
INAF is also active in the fields of GRID technologies (deployment of infrastructure and integration of domain-specific applications) and archives of astronomical data (from both ground-based and space-borne facilities). INAF also participated in the EuroVO-DCA and EuroVO-AIDA projects.
The University of Edinburgh enters the project on behalf of the AstroGrid Project, which is a consortium of six UK Universities and Public Laboratories who collaborate within the UK to take forward the Virtual Observatory agenda. AstroGrid has a particular focus on development of the technical infrastructure necessary for the VObs, such as Virtual Storage, Authentication, API, Workflow systems, and grid and web service interfaces, as well as development of the related standards. For that reason AstroGrid is acknowledged as the lead partner within the Euro-VO Technology Centre (VOTC), and is the co-ordinating partner for the FP6 VOTECH project. The AstroGrid project, along with CDS, ESO, and the US-NVO, was a founding member of the International Virtual Observatory Alliance (IVOA).
The University of Edinburgh is a major European University. It hosts a leading Astronomy research centre at the Royal Observatory.