Special Focus Sessions: Interoperability of data from major astronomy projects

On Tuesday and Wednesday morning there will be special plenary sessions on the following topics:

  • The identification of use cases and requirements of major astronomy projects for interoperability of their data 
  • Discussion of VO technologies in the priority areas of multi-dimensional and time domain data
  • What practical measures can be undertaken to facilitate the use of IVOA standards, and to ensure their relevance to major astronomy projects
  • Fostering major astronomy projects to become ‘participants’ rather than ‘customers’ of the VO

The Focus Sessions are comprised of invited presentations from following  major projects and time will be allocated in the splinter sessions with the Working Groups to identify specific use cases and requirements-

  • David Ciardi   –  The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST)  
  • Russ Taylor    –   Karoo Array Telescope (MeerKAT) and Square Kilometre Array (SKA) 
  • Mark Allen, Mathieu Servillat, Giuseppe Greco – Astronomy ESFRI & Research Infrastructure Cluster (ASTERICS) projects
    (these include the Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA), European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT), Square Kilometre Array (SKA),  Cubic Kilometre Neutrino Telescope (KM3-NET),  European Gravitational Observatory (EGO/VIRGO), Low-Frequency Array for Radio astronomy (LOFAR))
  • Ming Zhu –  Five hundred meter Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST) 
  • Jessica Chapman – Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP)
  • Bruno Merin  –     Euclid and Gaia spacecraft
  • Tom Donaldson – James Webb Space Telescope

Focus Session Organising Committee:

Mark Allen (chair), Kai Polsterer, Bruno Merin, David Ciardi, Patricia Whitelock, Fabio Pasian, Pepi Fabbiano, Bruce Berriman, Chenzhou Cui, Enrique Solano, Christophe Arviset, Matthew Graham, Pat Dowler

Education interest group plenary session-

There will be a plenary session for the Education Interest group on Friday May 13 and  speakers are –

Time  Speaker  Title  Institute 
11:00-11:30 Kevin Govender The Role of VO in Astronomy for Development IAU’s Office of Astronomy for Development
11:30-11:50 Chenzhou Cui Data Based Astronomical Education and Citizen Science National Astronomical Observatory of China
11:50-12:10 Massimo Ramella VO goes to school Astronomical Observatory of Trieste/National Institute for Astrophysics  Italy
12:10-12:30 Markus Demleitner Tutorials for VO-Days and Beyond: register them! German Astrophysical Virtual Observatory

The main program for the rest of the Interop meeting will be here:


Contributions to Working Group and Interest Group sessions are organised by the Chairs of the relevant Working and Interest Groups. Links to these groups are on the wiki.