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Gaia European Network for Improved data User Services

Objective

GENIUS is designed to boost the impact of the next European breakthrough in astrophysics, the Gaia astrometric mission. Gaia is an ESA Cornerstone mission scheduled for launch in October 2013 and aims at producing the most accurate and
complete 3D map of the Milky Way to date. A pan-European consortium named DPAC is working on the implementation of the Gaia data processing, of which the final result will be a catalogue and data archive containing more than one billion objects. The archive system containing the data products will be located at the European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC) and will serve as the basis for the scientific exploitation of the Gaia data. The design, implementation, and operation of this archive are a task that ESA has opened up to participation from the European scientific community. GENIUS is aimed at significantly contributing to this development based on the following principles: an archive design driven by the needs of the user community; provision of exploitation tools to maximize the scientific return; ensuring the quality of the archive contents and the interoperability with existing and future astronomical archives (ESAC, ESO, ...); cooperation with the only other two astrometric missions in the world, nanoJASMINE and JASMINE (Japan); and last but not least, the archive will facilitate outreach and academic activities to foster the public interest in science in general and astronomy in particular. GENIUS fits seamlessly into existing Gaia activities, exploiting the synergies with ongoing developments. Its members actively participate in these ongoing tasks and provide an in-depth knowledge of the mission as well as expertise in key development areas.
Furthermore, GENIUS has the support of DPAC, several Gaia national communities in the EU member states, and will establish cooperation with the Japanese astrometric missions already mentioned.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/astronomy
  • /social sciences/sociology/governance/public services
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/astronomy/galactic astronomy
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/astronomy/observational astronomy/infrared astronomy
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/astronomy/astrophysics
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/data science/data processing
  • /social sciences/media and communications/library science/archives

Call for proposal

FP7-SPACE-2013-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

UNIVERSITAT DE BARCELONA
Address
Gran Via De Les Corts Catalanes 585
08007 Barcelona
Spain
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 615 439,68
Administrative Contact
Xavier Gutiérrez (Mr)

Participants (13)

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 454 036,40
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Gilles Traimond (Mr)
THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 360 893,25
Address
Old College, South Bridge
EH8 9YL Edinburgh
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Angela Noble (Ms)
UNIVERSITEIT LEIDEN
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 389 352,75
Address
Rapenburg 70
2311 EZ Leiden
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ton Brouwer
CONSORCI DE SERVEIS UNIVERSITARIS DE CATALUNYA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 133 800
Address
Calle Del Gran Capita 2 Nexus Building
03034 Barcelona
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Gorka-Jaume Roldan Betlla-Montaner (Mr)
ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI ASTROFISICA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 100 080
Address
Viale Del Parco Mellini 84
00136 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Alessandro Capetti (Dr)
AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

Participation ended

Spain
EU contribution
€ 8 766,92
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
María Ángeles López Vázquez (Ms)
UNIVERSITE DE GENEVE
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 50 000,40
Address
Rue Du General Dufour 24
1211 Geneve
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Laurent Eyer (Dr)
UNIVERSITE LIBRE DE BRUXELLES
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 49 980
Address
Avenue Franklin Roosevelt 50
1050 Bruxelles
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Christine Courillon (Prof)
FUNDACAO DA FACULDADE DE CIENCIAS DA UNIVERSIDADE DE LISBOA FP
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 86 000,40
Address
Campo Grande Edificio C1 Piso 3
1749 016 Lisboa
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Lívia Moreira (Mrs)
UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 29 982
Address
Beacon House Queens Road
BS8 1QU Bristol
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Maria Davies (Mrs)
THE CHANCELLOR MASTERS AND SCHOLARSOF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 152 731,20
Address
Trinity Lane The Old Schools
CB2 1TN Cambridge
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Renata Schaeffer (Ms)
KOKURITSU DAIGAKU HOJIN KYOTO DAIGAKU
Japan
EU contribution
€ 49 200
Address
Yoshida Honmachi 36-1 Sakyo Ku
606 8501 Kyoto
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Takeshi Okada (Mr)
INSTITUTO NACIONAL DE TECNICA AEROESPACIAL ESTEBAN TERRADAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 13 200
Address
Cr Torrejon Ajalvir Km 4 2
28850 Torrejon De Ardoz Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Mª Paz Blanco Temprano (Ms)