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IVOA Executive Committee Meeting (FM50)

Wednesday September 25, 2013 @ 17.00-19.00 - Naupaka Ballroom 1



Waikoloa Beach Marriot, Naupaka Ballroom 1


  1. Roll Call and Agenda (MA & JE)
  2. Minutes of FM49 and FM49S
  3. Review of Actions (MA & JE)
  4. Project Reports [Significant Events Only]
  5. TCG status
  6. WG Reports
  7. IVOA Web pages and Document Repository
  8. Approval of new IVOA Recommendation(s) [Standing Item]
  9. WG/IG chairs/deputy chairs with expiring terms
  10. Science Priority Areas
  11. New IVOA members [ChiVO Application]
  12. Future Interops
  13. Date of Next Exec Meeting
  14. AOB
  15. Review of Action Items (MA & JE)

Reports from the Projects

Argentina - NOVA

Nova Summary September 2013

Nova is uploading data. We expect to publish part of it by the end of the year. Main target projects has been identified such as results from the VISTA survey and surveys of HI in the Sourthern Hemisphere. In the following months, we will start scanning the historical plaques which account for more that 3000 spectra and images. In June 2013, the first NOVA workshop was organized with about 70 participants from the main institutions. Halk of them PhD students which is very encouraging. Two projects to develop new tools are being discussed with the software company Globant and Conicet.



AstroGrid continues as a informal alliance rather than a formal funded project, with UK VO workers contributing efforts through the Euro-VO projects (currently CoSADIE), through data centre and mission activities (eg VISTA, GAIA, ALMA, and preparation for EUCLID), and through one-off STFC grants (currently for Topcat and Astrotrop) . We are currently discussing whether to move the AstroGrid codebase to a service such as Google code rather than a dedicated CVS.

The latest inititiative is Astrotrop, a collaboration between astronomers and tropical forest monitoring scientists. The idea is to re-purpose VO concepts, techniques, and software for the monitoring of tropical forests via remote sensing data. The first step, funded by STFC, led by Edinburgh and Leeds, but involving lots of the usual people across UK and Europe, is an evaluation and prototyping study. The forest folk have shown great interest in IVOA as well as tools such as Topcat and Aladin.

We are holding a conference exploring ideas in Edinburgh, October 30-31. We would welcome international participation. A registration website will be available shortly.




The first WWT planetarium is almost completed. An opening ceremony is planned on Oct. 21st.

China-VO and AstroInformatics 2013, the annual workshop from China-VO project, will be held from Nov. 14 to 16, 2013, at Ya'an, the hometown of Giant Panda. For the first time, the workshop in the year is sponsored by 4 IT companies. Hope it is a right way for collaboration.




France VO


GAVO continues to run its Heidelberg and Potsdam data centers, where several services received considerable development, as did GAVO's multi-protocol server suite DaCHS.

In standards, we incorporated numerous suggestions and corrections to the relational registry working draft, which we now consider almost ready for RFC. Within the Heidelberg data center, we also run a prototype of a web-based interface to the data. GAVO has also drawn up a datalink prototype, which is used for FITS cutouts and various server-side manipulations of spectra.

The CoSADIE Data Center Forum in June brought together 40 representatives of various European projects involved with publishing astronomical data. It was invigorating to see the level of interest in interoperable solutions even outside the institutions directly involved with the VO. However, it also became very clear that solid and reliable support to the data providers is crucial for takeup of VO standards.



Ukraine VO


The VAO team has been working hard on key close-out activities, including final releases of science applications (complete), SIAP V2 protocol definition and prototype service implementations (will be shown at this Interop), Python language bindings to VO protocols, and VOBox (rechristened SciDrive to avoid a name collision with a CERN service). We will also be presenting several poster papers at the January AAS meeting.

HEASARC, IPAC, and MAST are preparing a proposal to NASA Headquarters for the ongoing support of core VAO services. These activities include continued operation of the registry, monitoring and validation of VO services worldwide, and continued interaction with IVOA standards development. NASA requires this work to fit within current budgets, however. NSF may release an RFP for VO-enabled research tools.

A more complete status report will be uploaded here once we have completed our regular quarterly report (October 31).


RVO progress report (Sept 2013)

1. The database of Moscow astronomical plate collection and maintenance of the General Catalogue of Variable Stars (INASAN and SAI

MSU, led by Nikolai Samus)

The third part of the unprecedented large 80th Name-List of Variable Stars,
introducing new objects of the GCVS (2133 stars), has been published. The
total number of stars in the 80th Name-list is 6328.

We analyzed more than 1000 first GCVS stars in the constellation Aquila.
As a result, the first GCVS bibliographic reference (that to the main source
of information, such as type, period, etc.) is now to the own results of the
GCVS team for more than 650 stars of the first 1000. Classification (variability
type) was improved or completely revised for more than 250 stars. A poster for
the All-Russian Astronomy Conference was prepared.

As usual, many dozens of corrections to the electronic GCVS have been
introduced during 2013. The lack of activity of the IAU Bureau for
Astronomical Telegrams in announcing new GCVS names for Novae resulted in
our making the announcement outside the frame of the Bureau; after that,
the Bureau contacted us for names for the first time in 1.5 years and
presented them in the IAU Circular, under one of the two names of real
authors. As it was mentioned in our 2012 report, digitizing the Sternberg
Institute plate collection had been temporarily discontinued. Before the
end of 2013, we strongly hope to acquire a new scanner and continue
digitizing. However, we proceed with discoveries of new variable stars
using digitized plates. A paper announcing our discovery of 77 new variable
stars in a 10??10? field centered at SA9 was accepted to ìAstronomy Reportsî.
An oral talk on the Moscow digitizing program will be presented at the
conference on digitizing the scientific heritage in Sofia (Bulgaria)
in early October.

We started working on the new system of automatic classification of variable
stars for the GCVS, based on photometric data. Two oral talks concerning
different aspects of the GCVS future will be presented at the All-Russian
Astronomy Conference before the end of September.

2. Working group "RVO data" (INASAN, led by Dana Kovaleva)
The pilot version of the Binary Star Database (BDB) - a revised and updated
result of evolution of the Besancon Double and Multiple Star Data Base -
has been made available for the community at . The BDB
includes data on physical and astrometric parameters of binaries of various
types. The development of the BDB involved solution of problems of
cross-identification and of aggregation of various format data from
astronomical catalogues and databases. Simultaneously, data of the
catalogues of binary stars are being included into the database, user
interface is being tested and improved, the functions available for
investigation purposes are being added.

The web pages of the RVO are to be updated by the end of Sept 2013.

3. Zvenigorod Scanlaboratory Group (INASAN, led by Sergei Vereshchagin)
The project of digitization of observational archive of astronegatives
of Zvenigorod Observatory of INASAN is completed. Current activities are
limited to maintenance and service of the digital archives, film and
glass plate libraries; scanning and cataloguing the plate images for some
plates upon user's requirement. Data reduction to a standard format and
its submission to the WFPDB is continued in accordance to standards
of the Data Center in Sofia (WFPDB). The report on archive state and
access modes to our archive is to be presented at the Bulgarian Data
Center conference DHS-Sofia in October 2013.

The online information about the archive of astronegatives, our work,
science group and tools:
1) on the INASAN site;
2) in the Wide Field Plate Data Base in Bulgaria
(Getting data about archive and each plate, viewing of the negatives,
selection plates by the parameters. In the search to use: IDobs - ìZVNî,
IDins - ì040î for Astrograph, IDins - ì021î for AFU);
3) About the Zvenigorod Observatory Telescopes:

4. Publications:

Kazarovets, E.V., Pastukhova, E.N. 2013, Light Elements for 30 Mira Type
Variables form the NSV catalog. Peremennye Zvezdy/Variable Stars, V. 33,
No. 6.
Kazarovets, E.V., Samus, N.N., Durlevich, O.V., et al. 2013, The 80th
Name-List of Variable Stars. Part III ñ RA 16h to 24h. Information
Bulletin on Variable Stars, No. 6052.
Kazarovets, E.V., Samus, N.N. 2013, Novae in the 80th Name-list of Variable
Stars (Part 3): Official Announcement of GCVS Names. Peremennye
Zvezdy/Variable Stars, V. 33, No. 3.
Samus, N.N. 2013, Permanent Designations of 2912 Milky Way Novae, IAU
Circulars, No. 9259.
Malkov O.Yu., Kaygorodov P.V., Kovaleva D.A., Oblak E., Debray E. Binary
star database BDB: datasets and services, 2013, Astronomical and
Astrophysical Transactions, in press


Malkov O., Skvortsov N., Avvakumova E., Dluzhnevskaya O., et al., Data support

for stellar astronomy tasks, October 14-17, 2013, XVth All-Russian Conference
on Electronic Libraries, Yaroslavl', Russia
Kaigorodov P., Dluzhnevskaya O., Kovaleva D., Malkov O. Architecture of the
BDB Database, October 2013, "Infrastructure of the scientific informational
resources and systems IIIrd All-Russia Symposium, Sukhum, Abkhasia
N.V.Chupina, S.V.Vereshchagin, Digital archives of the Zvenigorod
astronomical observatory INASAN, HUMBOLDT KOLLEG, "Digitization of
Heritage in Science" October 1-5, 2013, Sofia, Bulgaria, poster.

South Africa VO


(Since May 2013)

Manpower: 7 FTEs. The SVO Thematic Network (people from Spanish institutes with interest in the VO) is composed of almost 200 participants from more than 30 labs.


  • Authors:López Martí, Belén; Jiménez-Esteban, Francisco; Bayo, Amelia; Barrado, David; Solano, Enrique; Bouy, Hervé; Rodrigo, Carlos
    • Title: Proper motions of young stars in Chamaeleon. II. New kinematical candidate members of Chamaeleon I and II
    • Journal: 2013A&A...556A.144L
  • Authors: Martín, E. L.; Cabrera, J.; Martioli, E.; Solano, E.; Tata, R.
    • Title: Kepler observations of very low-mass stars
    • Journal: 2013A&A...555A.108M
  • Authors: Eiroa, C.; Marshall, J. P.; Mora, A.; Montesinos, B.; Absil, O.; Augereau, J. Ch.; Bayo, A.; Bryden, G.; Danchi, W.; del Burgo, C.; and 40 coauthors
    • Title: DUst around NEarby Stars. The survey observational results
    • Journal: 2013A&A...555A..11E
  • Authors: Bouy, H.; Bertin, E.; Moraux, E.; Cuillandre, J.-C.; Bouvier, J.; Barrado, D.; Solano, E.; Bayo, A.
    • Title: Dynamical analysis of nearby clusters. Automated astrometry from the ground: precision proper motions over a wide field
    • Journal: 2013A&A...554A.101B
  • Authors: Sánchez-Janssen, R.; Amorín, R.; García-Vargas, M.; Gomes, J. M.; Huertas-Company, M.; Jiménez-Esteban, F.; Mollá, M.; Papaderos, P.; Pérez-Montero, E.; Rodrigo, C.; and 2 coauthors
    • Title: A Virtual Observatory Census to Address Dwarfs Origins (AVOCADO). I. Science goals, sample selection, and analysis tools
    • Journal: 2013A&A...554A..20S


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