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IVOA Exec Telecon TM14

April 13 2005 @ 15.00-16.00 GMT

Logistics

Telecon dial in to be advised

Agenda (Draft 20050407)

  1. Roll Call
  2. Minutes of FM13
  3. Review of Actions
  4. Reports from VO projects (to be uploaded to web page)
  5. Progress on Technical Roadmap
  6. Reports from WGs ? not necessary for telecon?
  7. Status of Kyoto preparations
  8. Status of IAU Symposium Proposal
  9. IVOA Calendar
  10. AOB
  11. Summary of Actions


Reports from the Projects

(please upload you projects here - or email to Nic Walton) -- NicholasWalton - 07 Apr 2005

  • EURO-VO:
The final demonstration for the AVO project (and the end of the project) occurred at the ESA Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC), Villafranca Spain, from 25-26 January 2005. A full report can be found at http://www.euro-vo.org/twiki/bin/view/Avo/AvoDemo2005. This occasion also marked the initiation of the EURO-VO program. I would like AVO to be removed from the IVOA membership and replaced by EURO-VO (using the existing www.euro-vo.org as the home site for the moment). EURO-VO will be represented on the IVOA Exec by myself and Martin Kessler from ESAC. I ask that the IVOA Exec recognize and accept this transition.

The EURO-VO work program will be executed by three new organizations. The EURO-VO Data Centre Alliance (DCA), the EURO-VO Technology Centre (VOTC) and the EURO-VO Facility Centre (VOFC). A Memorandum of Understanding supporting the EURO-VO program has been drafted between ESO, ESA, PPARC, INAF, INSU, INTA, Max Planck Gesellschaft, NOVA and PPARC and is expected to be signed by mid-2005. A successful proposal (VO-TECH) to the EC FP6 scheme was lead by Andy Lawrence and generated 6.6 million Euro in funds. This contains 12 new software engineering positions who will work with 12 contributed positions from the six partner organizations (U.Edinburgh, U.Leicester, U.Cambridge, ESO, CDS, INAF) to execute a three year work program on VO infrastructure and tool development. VO-TECH is the first project under the VOTC umbrella and successfully started in January 2005. The DCA Executive Board had its first meeting in December 2004. A proposal to the EC FP6 for DCA funding was lead by Francoise Genova from CDS in March 2005. The proposal is seeking approximately 2 million Euro in funds for DCA startup over the next two years. Results from this proposal are expected by mid-year. Start-up activities for the VOFC are foreseen for 2005/2006 under the joint leadership of ESO and ESA. In line with the IVOA roadmap, EURO-VO is endeavoring to make 2005 a year of data centre take-up by hosting a workshop at ESO in June. The workshop currently has 80 registered participants and will conduct a series of overviews, lectures and tutorials aimed at giving data centre and large project staff the ability to publish data within the existing VO infrastructure (see http://euro-vo.org/workshop2005 for details).

-- PeterQuinn - 11 Apr 2005

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