IVOA Interoperability meeting

26-31 October, 2008: Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Meeting Web site

Detailed information is available at the meeting webpage.


The plenary and "spotlight" sessions of the meeting will be webcast: Monday morning, Tuesday afternoon, and Friday afternoon. The live feed will be available at


and the archive site for the webcasts will be



Update 20081009: FINAL Programme

Date Time Place Activity (inc. pdf) Comments
Sun 26 Oct 2008      
  16.00-18.00 ST-CafCon IVOA Exec Meeting Exec + WG/IG Chairs
Mon 27 Oct 2008      
  08.30-09.00 STScI Lobby Registration  
  09.00-09.05 ST-Aud Welcome and Logistics Bob Hanisch
  09.05-09.30 ST-Aud State of the IVOA Dave De Young
  09.30-09.50 ST-Aud State of the TCG Christophe Arviset
  09.50-10.30 ST-Aud VO Frontrow 1 Updates from the VO projects
  09.50-10.10   Spotlight NVO Bob Hanisch
  10.10-10.30   Spotlight Euro-VO Francoise Genova
  10.30-11.00   Coffee  
  11.00-12.30 ST-Aud Charge to the working groups Plenary agenda
  12.30-13.30   Lunch  
  13.30-15.00   WG parallel sessions 1  
  13.30-15.00 ST-Aud Apps 1: SAMP Apps agenda
    B462 Theory 1: SimDB Theory agenda
    B475 Sem 1: Vocab Semantics agenda
  15.00-15.30   Coffee  
  15.30-17.00   WG parallel sessions 2  
    ST-Aud GWS 1: UWS, VOSpace, VOSI GWS agenda
    B462 DM 1: DM agenda
Tue 28 Oct 2008      
  08.30-10.00   WG parallel sessions 3  
    ST-Aud GWS 2: REST, VOSpace v2.0 GWS agenda
    B462 Reg 1: Registry agenda
    B475 StdProc SCSP meeting summary
  10.00-10.30   Coffee  
  10.30-12.00   WG parallel sessions 4  
    ST-Aud DAL 1: SIA/SSA/Footprints DAL agenda
    B462 VOEvent 1: VOEvent v2.0 VOEvent agenda
  12.00-12.15   Group photo  
  12.15-13.30   Lunch  
  13.30-15.00 ST-Aud VO Frontrow 2 Updates from the VO projects
  13.30-13.45   Spotlight CVO Severin Gaudet
  13.45-14.00   Spotlight VOTC:UK Andy Lawrence
  14.00-14.15   Spotlight JVO Masatoshi Ohishi
  14.15-14.30   Spotlight ESA-VO Christophe Arviset
  14.30-14.45   Spotlight F-VO Francoise Genova
  14.45-15.00 ST-Aud Special Item: ITU/Leap Second Masatoshi Ohishi
  15.00-15.30   Coffee  
  15.30-17.00   WG parallel sessions 5  
    ST-Aud DAL 2: TAP DAL agenda
    B462 Reg 2: Registry agenda
  19.00-23.00   Conference Dinner Maryland Science Centre
Wed 29 Oct 2008      
  08.30-10.00   WG parallel sessions 6  
    ST-Aud Apps 2: Demos Apps agenda
    B462 GWS 3: Web Services GWS agenda
  10.00-10.30   Coffee  
  10.30-12.00   WG parallel sessions 7  
    ST-Aud DM 2: DM agenda
    B462 GWS 4: Authorisation GWS agenda
  12.00-13.30   Lunch  
    B475 IVOA Exec Lunch Meeting Exec Only
  13.30-17.00   Free Afternoon
Thu 30 Oct 2008      
  08.30-10.00   WG parallel sessions 8  
    ST-Aud Apps/DM/Reg Joint Session - see Apps agenda
    B462 Sem 2: UCDs Semantics agenda
  10.00-10.30   Coffee  
  10.30-12.00   WG parallel sessions 9  
    ST-Aud Sem/VOEvent Joint Session - see Sem agenda
    B462 VOTable VOTable agenda
  12.00-13.30   Lunch  
  13.30-15.00   WG parallel sessions 10  
    ST-Aud GWS/Reg/DAL Joint Session - see GWS agenda
  15.00-15.30   Coffee  
  15.30-17.00   WG parallel sessions 11  
    ST-Aud VOEvent 2: Architecture VOEvent agenda
    B462 Theory 2: SimDAP Theory agenda
  17.15-18:15   Evening drinks and music details to follow
Fri 31 Oct 2008      
  08.30-10.00   WG parallel sessions 12  
    ST-Aud Apps 3: Demos Apps agenda
    B462 DCP DCP agenda
  10.00-10.30   Coffee  
  10.30-12.00   WG parallel sessions 13  
    ST-Aud VOQL VOQL agenda
    B462 Theory 3: micro sims Theory agenda
  12.00-13.30   Lunch  
  13.30-15.35 ST-Aud WG/IG session summaries Plenary agenda
  15.35-15.45 ST-Aud Closing Remarks Dave De Young
  15.45   CLOSE  

Meeting Rooms

  • ST-Aud: STScI Bahcall Auditorium, seats ~140 people. Plenary sessions and joint WG sessions.
  • B462: Bloomberg (Physics Dept.) Rm. 462, 40 people.
  • B475: Bloomberg Rm. 475, 30 people.
  • B447: Bloomberg Rm. 447, 20 people.
  • B337: Bloomberg Rm. 337, 20 people - an "extra", for ad hoc meetings
  • ST-CafCon: STScI Cafeteria Conference room

Programme Organising Committee

Comments on the meeting agenda to the programme organising committee: Nicholas Walton (Chair), Severin Gaudet, Bob Hanisch

Location Notes

The meeting will be held at the Space Telescope Science Institute and the Physics Department of The Johns Hopkins University. These buildings are located on either side of San Martin Drive on the west side of the JHU campus. The conference hotel is The Inn at the Colonnade, which is a five minute walk from STScI and the Physics Department. Reservations must be made through this web site.

The JHU Campus Map shows the location of STScI (#57) and the Physics Department (Bloomberg Building, #56). The Inn at the Colonnade is located on University Parkway across from the North Gate. (Note that north is to the right on the campus map!)

There is also a Google maps satellite view image attached below showing a couple of options for walking from the hotel to STScI and the Physics Department.

Information on Baltimore is available on the Baltimore Wikipedia page


Participants and Photos

The list of registered participants is available here.

  • IVOA-group.jpg:

You can also get a high-resolution version of the picture.

Some informal pictures from the banquet, reception, and venue have kindly been made available by Zolt Levay, Jonathan McDowell, and Olga Pevunova:





Three airports serve the Baltimore-Washington area. Baltimore-Washington International (BWI) is the closest, but it has rather limited direct flights to destinations in Europe. Washington National (DCA) has no international flights but might be convenient if you are planning to visit Washington, DC before the meeting. Washington Dulles (IAD) is where most direct international flights arrive. It is in Virginia, about 30 km west of Washington, DC. See [[http://www.stsci.edu/institute/conference/ivoa2008/directions][this link] for driving directions.

From BWI the best option for getting to STScI, JHU, and the Colonnade hotel is to take a taxi. The cost is approximately $40. There is also a light rail service from the airport to downtown Baltimore, but it does not come within walking distance of the campus. One could take the light rail to a major downtown stop and then take a taxi in order to save a little money. This site has further information about the light rail service.

From DCA it would be a very expensive taxi ride to Baltimore. A better option would be to take the Washington Metro from DCA to Washington Union Station, and the train from Washington to Baltimore Penn Station, and from there get a taxi to the hotel. Here are the relevant web sites: Washington Metro, Amtrak train.

From IAD it is again an expensive taxi ride, well over $100. And, at rush hour it can take some time, the distance being about 100 km and the route including the Washington, DC Beltway. The public transportation option is to take a shuttle bus to the West Falls Church station on the Washington Metro, take the Metro to Union Station, and the train to Baltimore. There are also various limo services. If there is interest we might be able to arrange for some sort of shared transportation at a more modest rate.

The Maryland Shuttle operates shuttle vans between all airports and Baltimore. If there are enough people to occupy a full van, the price is very reasonable. See http://www.marylandshuttle.com/ for contact information and on-line reservations. Here is a twiki page where you can list your arrival times and see if you can share transportation: AirportArrivals.

Many people are likely to go to Quebec from Baltimore for the ADASS conference the following week. There are no direct flights from BWI, DCA, or IAD to Quebec (YQB). The nearest airport with non-stop service to Quebec is Newark, NJ (EWR). International travelers might find it convenient to use Newark as a hub. The Amtrak train has a stop at the Newark airport, and you could take the train from there to Baltimore. The train takes about 2h15m and runs about once every hour or 90 minutes depending on the time of day, with one-way fares about $100. Station codes are EWR (Newark airport) and BAL (Baltimore Penn Station). Continental Airlines has four daily non-stops from Newark to Quebec.

Information about visas for entering the USA is available at http://www.unitedstatesvisas.gov/visiting.html. Residents of most European countries, plus Australia and Japan, may enter the US under the Visa Waiver Program if they have an electronically readable passport. However, please read the rules on the visa website for the official word on this. Please contact Roz Baxter (rbaxter at stsci.edu) if you require an official invitation letter to support your visa application.

Topic attachments
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PDFpdf FVO_InteropBaltimore.pdf r1 manage 195.7 K 2008-10-30 - 19:47 FrancoiseGenova F-VO presentation
JPEGjpg IVOA-group.jpg r1 manage 424.8 K 2008-10-28 - 19:51 BobHanisch  
JPEGjpg JHUWalk.jpg r1 manage 284.2 K 2008-07-29 - 19:04 BobHanisch Walking map: Colonnade to JHU Physics and STScI
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