The concept of a Virtual Observatory (VObs) is that all the world's astronomical data should feel like it sits on the astronomer's desk top, analysable with a user selected workbench of tools and made available through a standard interface. The VObs concept has the potential to transform and re-structure the way astronomy research is done, and the Virtual Observatory is a worldwide community-based initiative. Euro-VO is a specifically European implementation of this idea that will produce a unified virtual data and service resource (a data and service grid) with the ability to perform complex data discovery and manipulation tasks across the whole range of astronomical research topics.
The Euro-VO Data Centre Alliance, an essential component of the Euro-VO, populates the VObs with data produced by the European astronomy infrastructures. The EuroVO-DCA project will co-ordinate the national and European Agencies VO initiatives, to implement networking of European data centres, disseminate knowledge and good practice about the VObs technical framework, organise feedback from implementation of interoperability standards, prepare the inclusion of theoretical astronomy in the VObs framework, seek coordination with national and international projects for computational Grids, and help data centres from beyond the partners' countries to participate in the VObs endeavour.
The project will enable the identification and promotion of requirements from programs of strategic European and national interest that require VObs technologies and services. The control and sharing of standards and methods will make it possible to achieve a production-level European-wide eInfrastructure.
The Euro-VO proposal will produce a rare example of an operational data and service grid, relying on generic infrastructure elements (the high bandwidth communication network and the general framework of the Grid infrastructure) and, wherever required, on discipline-specific interoperability standards.
Field of science
- /natural sciences/physical sciences/astronomy
Funding SchemeCA - Coordination action
85748 Garching Bei Muenchen
75738 Paris Cedex 15
28850 Torrejon De Ardoz
LE1 7RH Leicester