Observing the Synthetic Universe - 28-29 January 2003 (fwd)
ael at star.le.ac.uk
Sun Jan 5 03:13:07 PST 2003
For an AstroGrid view of the question 'What is a VO', have a look at the
This documents two days of discussions last November on how the UK-VO
being built by AstroGrid should look and operate.
The key philosophy is that the VO is not a single organisation nor a
single piece of software. It 'emerges' from having data accessible to
software which implements certain interoperability standards, much in
the way the web emerged from the http and html type of standards -
though the VO is being thought out and planned to a greater degree than
the web ever was. Presumably the IVOA will evolve into something
equivalent to the W3C.
This is one chapter of the AstroGrid Phase A Report which looks
forward to the component-based structure of the AstroGrid software.
There are a few anomalies there at the moment - some of the components
will be dropped as our funding is a little less than we'd hoped - but
the changes are on the margins. The component diagram:
is of the final structure but the text has not been updated yet.
I hope these help you - feel free to browse the rest of the AstroGrid
wiki (http://wiki.astrogrid.org/bin/view/Astrogrid/WebHome is the home
page and http://wiki.astrogrid.org/bin/view/Astrogrid/DocStore is the
top page for most documents) for more on the project, or contact me if
there's anything specific you want.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Vincent McIntyre [mailto:Vince.McIntyre at atnf.csiro.au]
> Sent: 04 January 2003 23:45
> To: dm at ivoa.net
> Subject: Observing the Synthetic Universe - 28-29 January 2003 (fwd)
> Hi all,
> I am going to attend this workshop, and probably give a
> rundown of the meeting at Johns Hopkins in October. Can
> anyone point me to relevant developments in the last 3 months?
> Vincent McIntyre vmcintyr at atnf.csiro.au
> Australia Telescope National Facility, CSIRO voice:+61-2-9372-4643
> PO Box 76, Epping, NSW 1710, AUSTRALIA fax:+61-2-9372-4442
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> Date: Sat, 4 Jan 2003 19:56:01 +1100 (EST)
> From: Sarah Maddison <smaddison at swin.edu.au>
> To: ivo at atnf.csiro.au
> Cc: Sarah Maddison <smaddison at swin.edu.au>, gfl at physics.usyd.edu.au
> Subject: Observing the Synthetic Universe - 28-29 January 2003
> * ANITA Workshop *
> * *
> * Observing the Synthetic Universe: *
> * Theoretical Astrophysics and *
> * The Virtual Observatory *
> * *
> * School of Physics, University of Sydney *
> * 28-29 January 2003 *
> * *
> * http://astronomy.swin.edu.au/anita/ *
> * email: gfl at physics.usyd.edu.au *
> There is growing international and local interest in
> establishment of Virtual Observatories, where a wealth of
> astronomical information available with a few keystrokes.
> The Universities of Melbourne and Sydney, the ATNF & the AAO
> have already received ARC LIEF funding to investigate
> Australia's potential role in the international Virtual
> Observatory projects. But Virtual Observatories can be much
> more than giant databases of observational data. Organised
> by the Australian National Institute of Theoretical
> Astrophysics (ANITA), the goal of this workshop is to
> establish the role theoretical astrophysics will have in
> Virtual Observatories.
> Topics of discussion:
> -- What is a Virtual Observatory?
> -- What can theoretical astrophysics add?
> -- Simulation inclusion: VO Compliance
> -- Observing simulations with "software telescopes"
> -- Observing the future: what will new instruments see in the sky?
> The plan is to allow plenty of time for discussion of
> various view points. If you wish any points to be raised,
> please let us know.
> The ANITA workshop will be held during January 28 & 29,
> immediately preceding the LOFAR meeting and we invite
> astronomers to attend both. The workshop will be hosted at
> the University of Sydney, with all talks given in Lecture
> Theatre 2 of the Physics Building. Campus maps are available at:
> There is no registration fee, and all (observers and
> theorists) are welcome to attend. Lunch, tea and coffee will
> be provided, plus a meeting dinner will be held at a local
> restaurant on the 28th.
> There are plenty of motels within walking distance of the
> campus. For a listing see http://www.physics.usyd.edu.au/accom.html
> Please note that the organisers cannot help with finding
> For catering purposes, we need to know if you are coming to
> the meeting. Please therefore reply to the following:
> I will attend the meeting on Jan 28 Y/N
> I will attend the meeting on Jan 29 Y/N
> I would like to give a short talk Y/N
> Title of talk :
> Send all replies to Geraint Lewis (gfl at physics.usyd.edu.au)
> Organising Committee
> Geraint F. Lewis: gfl at physics.usyd.edu.au
> Sarah Maddison: smaddison at swin.edu.au
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