IVOA Interoperability September 2007

27-28 Sept 2007: IoA, Cambridge, UK

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This meeting is aimed at making significant progress in generating new standards powering the development of the world wide Virtual Observatory initiatives.

The meeting will take place in and around the IoA, Cambridge, utilising meeting rooms in the Hoyle and Observatory buildings. The meeting directly follows the ADASS meeting being held in London 23-26 Sep 2007 - see the ADASS page at

Please note: leads of the Work Groups are responsible for organizing the presentations and discussions in their sessions. Each WG lead should appoint someone as secretary to take notes during their session.


FINAL The meeting will begin at 10.00 on the Thurs and close at 16.15 on the Friday.

Date Time Place Activity Comments
Thu 27 Sep 2007 10.00-10.05 LT Welcome and Logistics Gerry Gilmore/ NicholasWalton
  10.05-10.30 LT State of the IVOA Dave De Young
  10.30-10.30 LT State of the TCG Roy Williams
  10.30-11.30 LT Charge to the working groups Plenary
  11.30-13.00   WG parallel sessions 1  
    LT Registry  
    HC DAL-1  
    ES GWS-1  
  13.00-14.00   Lunch Photo at 13.55 outside the LT
  14.00-15.30 LT Applications Show Case Plenary
  15.30-16.00   Coffee  
  16.00-17.30   WG parallel sessions 2  
    LT DM1  
    HC VOTable  
    ES Data-CP  
  17.45-19.30 HC IVOA Exec Meeting FM25 Exec only
Fri 28 Sep 2007        
  08.45-10.15   WG parallel sessions 3  
    LT Apps  
    HC VOQL1  
    ES GWS-2 this is a swap with DAL-2
  10.15-10.45   Coffee  
  10.45-12.15   WG parallel sessions 4  
    LT VOEvent  
    HC DAL-2 this is a swap with GWS-2
    ES DM2/VOQL2  
  12.15-13.15   Lunch  
  13.15-14.45   WG parallel sessions 5  
    LT DAL/GWS/Registry  
    HC Theory  
  14.45-15.15   Coffee  
  15.15-16.15 LT WG/IG session summaries Plenary
  16.15   CLOSE  

Lunch is available outside the Lecture Theatre

Tea & Coffee breaks are outside the lecture theatre.

abbreviation room capacity internet? and type comments
LT: Sackler Lecture Theatre (in Hoyle Building) ~120 Wireless  
HC: Hoyle Committee Room (in Hoyle Building) ~30 Wireless  
OR: Observatory Meeting Room (in Observatory Building) ~20 Wireless  
ES: Earth Science Meeting Room (in Earth Sciences) ~40 Wireless 2 min walk

Note: the wireless is an open network - just connect - the ESSID in all locations is 'interop' in all four locations.


The organisers for the meeting and the contents of each of the working group activities are listed below.
Committee (link to IVOA page) Chair People
Programme Committee   NicholasWalton, Marie-Lise Dubernet, Severin Gaudet
Local Organising Committee   NicholasWalton, Eduardo Gonzalez Solares, Judith Moss
Session Chair Session Agenda & Materials Sess Req
Plenary Presentations   InterOpSep2007Plenary %ISNEW{days="7"}%
Applications WG MarkAllen InterOpSep2007Applications %ISNEW{days="7"}% showcase + 1x90
Registry RayPlante InterOpSep2007ResReg %ISNEW{days="7"}% 1x90 + 1 joint Reg/GWS/DAL
UCDs AndreaPreiteMartinez InterOpSep2007UCD %ISNEW{days="7"}% no sess
Data Models MireilleLouys InterOpSep2007DataModel %ISNEW{days="7"}%
VOQL PedroOsuna InterOpSep2007VOQL %ISNEW{days="7"}% 1x90
DAL KeithNoddle InterOpSep2007DAL %ISNEW{days="7"}% 3x90 (S*AP, TAP, metadata: joint Reg/GWS/DAL)
VOTable FrancoisOchsenbein InterOpSep2007VOTable %ISNEW{days="7"}% 1x90
Grid&Web Services MatthewGraham InterOpSep2007GridAndWebServices %ISNEW{days="7"}% 3x90
Theory IG GerardLemson InterOpSep2007Theory %ISNEW{days="7"}% 1x90
VOEvent RoyWilliams InterOpSep2007VOEvent %ISNEW{days="7"}% 1x90
Astro-RG IG MasatoshiOhishi InterOpSep2007Astro-RG %ISNEW{days="7"}% no sess
Curation and Preservation IG BobHanisch InterOpSep2007CP %ISNEW{days="7"}% 1x90/ no clash: reg, dal, apps

IVOA Exec Meeting

There will be an Exec meeting


So that we can keep track of numbers could you please register at

Registration closes Thursday 6 September 2007

There will be no registration charge.

Lunch will be provided on each day as will tea and coffee at the morning/afternoon breaks.

List of Registered Attendees

InterOpSep2007Attendees gives current list of people signed up to come.

Meeting Equipment

Full details will be provided here. But it is anticipated that wireless networking will be available in most or all of the meeting rooms. Digital projectors and OHPs will be provided, together with items such as flip charts.

Workshop Dinner

There will be no formal workshop dinner at this meeting (most of you will already have enjoyed a dinner at the ADASS!). Thus please take the opportunity to explore Cambridge. Check the Cambridge wikipedia page for some hints.

Travel and Weather

Information as to how to get to the IoA can be found at and

The latest weather forecast for Cambridge from the BBC Weather Office

Tourist Information and What's On in Cambridge



It would be good if you could arrange your own accomodation if needed for this meeting. The Cambridge tourist office has an extensive accommodation page. Cambridge hotels are also listed - the Cambridge Lodge Hotel is the closest to the IoA - a 10 minute walk.

Further information and a booking facility can be found at

The University of Cambridge have preferential rates at The Arundel, The Cambridge Lodge, De Vere University Arms, and the Royal Cambridge Hotel. When booking please mention that you are visiting the University of Cambridge. The discounts offered seem to vary depending on how busy the hotel in question is at the time.

University Accommodation: New Hall

We have reserved a small number of rooms at New Hall College (a short walk from the IoA). These are at UKP 64.50/night/ single room (UKP 67 incl handling costs) with breakfast and are ensuite. (Twin rooms are en suite and UKP 97.50/night (UKP 102 incl handling costs). If you wish to reserve one please could you do this by emailing Judith Moss (, giving your arrival/departure dates and any special requirements/dietary considerations.

20080716 Please let Judith Moss ( know you requirements for University Accommodation by end of Fri 17 Aug 2007.

Acommodation queries.

If you have problems with booking accommodation for this meeting or obtaining the preferential rates, please could you let Judith Moss know (, she maybe able to help.

-- NicholasWalton - 26 Sep 2007

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