IVOA Exec Meeting Highlights
Dave De Young
deyoung at noao.edu
Thu Jan 24 21:15:10 PST 2008
Dear IVOA Members;
The IVOA Executive met last week on 17 January 2008 via
a teleconference, and in keeping with our prior resolution
to improve internal communication within the IVOA, I am
once again sending you a brief summary of this Exec meeting.
There were no new standards or revisions of existing
standards put forward for acceptance by the Exec at this
meeting. Most of the items on the agenda involved status
reports or informational bulletins.
Of interest to the Exec were informal reports
of activities by several small teams in the areas of
TAP, ADQL, and footprint services. Progress is
being made in the areas of region specification, query
capabilities, and footprint collaborative efforts.
- The IVOA Assessment committee continues its development of
recommendations to the IVOA that come from the response to
the assessment survey. The plan is to have a draft report
ready for review by Exec in April 2008, with a presentation
of the final report at the May Interop
- The Exec was informed of the growing activity relevant to
VO interests by Google and Microsoft. Efforts will be made
to see if IVOA can contribute to the development of standards
in this area and to the formation of collaboration among
the principal groups.
- In response to the Assessment committee findings, an IVOA
web page that contains information about, and links to,
VO informational material, tutorials, and introductory
presentations has been established. The page may be
- A draft charter for the Exec standing committee on Standards
has been submitted, together with a new document on the
Standards process. Francoise Genova has been made the Chair
of this committee, and she will be overseeing these documents
through the approval process.
- Planning for the May Interop meeting in Trieste is proceeding;
as a reminder, the dates for this meeting are 18-23 May 2008.
The dates for the fall 2008 Interop meeting are will be
- The next Exec meeting will be a telecon in late April 2008
Dave De Young
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