Workshop Organizing CommitteeP. Quinn (ESO, chair), F. Genova (CDS), A. Lawrence (Univ. of Edinburgh), M. Kessler (ESA), W. Voges (MPE), F. Pasian (INAF), K. Kuijken (RuG), E. Solano (LAEFF)
Local Organizing CommitteeP. Padovani, M. Dolensky, M. Leoni, A. Micol, M. Peltzer
PurposeThe EURO-VO Project announces a workshop on VO technologies and standards explicitly designed for data centres and large projects to acquire the knowledge and experience necessary to allow them to become “publishers” in the VO. In tutorials and lectures, participants will be instructed in the use of VO analysis tools, libraries and the existing web service infrastructure to build VO compliant services. Participants will be familiarized with new methods of data discovery, data access and data fusion.
Over the past three years, the International Virtual Observatory Alliance (IVOA) has facilitated the definition of many of the new data interoperability standards and technologies necessary for an operational international Virtual Observatory. Through coordinated demonstrations in 2003 and 2004, several of the projects in the IVOA have demonstrated the application of these standards and technologies to realistic astronomical problems. These prototype applications have actually precipitated the first VO-enabled scientific results. Several new technologies, including resource registries, data access layers, workflow, web service middleware and community file stores (MySpace) will be highlighted at the demonstrations in January 2005.
The IVOA roadmap highlights 2005 as an important year of transition along the road to an operational international Virtual Observatory. The work of the VO projects will move from technology and standards definition to technology take-up. Data centres and large projects can now employ the emerging VO standards to publish their data products within the VO. Through the uptake of VO standards and technologies and the creation of registries of resources and holdings, a network of VO-compliant data centres and projects will evolve that will constitute the international VO.