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IVOA Executive Committee Meeting (TM59)

TM59 - 08 Sep 2015 (Telecon)

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Tuesday, Sep 08, 2015 (16:00 UTC)

Agenda TM59

  1. Roll Call and Agenda (JE)
  2. Minutes of FM58 and FM58S
  3. Review of Actions
  4. Project Reports [Significant Events Only]
  5. TCG status
  6. Approval of new IVOA Recommendation(s) [Standing Item]
  7. IVOA Standards Process Discussion (MG)
  8. Future Interops
    • Northern Fall 2015 - Sydney, Austalia (Oct 30-Nov01; after ADASS)
    • Northern Spring 2016 - S Africa (May)
    • Northern Fall 2016 - Trieste, Italy (Oct 21-23; after ADASS)
  9. Date of Next Exec Meeting
  10. AOB
  11. Review of Action Items




AstroGrid activities are currently into Euro-VO




China-VO public service portal, AstroCloud, comes into shape. Five channels, including Observation, Data, Tools, Cloud and Public, provide users a whole lifecycle management environments for astronomical data. With the launch of the first astronomical citizen science project, Public Supernova search Project (PSP), on July 29, the number of registered users is increasing fast. By September 6, it is 1328.

Five proposals submitted by China-VO members to Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) in early of the year were approved. Research topics of the proposals include distributed data archiving, automatic cross identification algorithm, dedicated high reliable storage system, high efficient search methods and system, and catalog building. These proposals will be funded by NSFC in the coming 3 years. Furthermore, an education and public outreach funding was awarded to China-VO to develop advanced interactive digital planetarium system basing on Worldwide Telescope (WWT).




The current focus of IVOA activities is within the ASTERICS project. This is a e15million 4 year EU project which co-ordinates data handling aspects of the key ESFRI projects - ELT, SKA, CTA, KM3NET. The Euro-VO partnership leads workpackage 4 (DADI - Data Access, Discovery and Interoperability) We are just about to hold the next of our long running "Tech Forum" meetings, which will now include representatives from those major planned facilities as well as VO specialists. We are very excited about this new project both because it provides significant funding and because we are sure that close liaison with facilities and missions is crucial for the future of the VO.


France VO






On 3rd September 2015 three South African Universities launched the Inter-University Institute for Data Intensive Astronomy (IDIA with support from the South Africa Department of Science and Technology. IDIA will develop capacity for big data management and analysis over a variety of disciplines. It is a spin-off of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project and its founding director is Prof Russ Taylor. We are considering how IDIA and SA3 should interface to maximize their reach and impact.





Report from the TCG

A new version of the SIAV2 PR has been produced and this will now enter a further TCG review phase. This addresses largely editorial comments that were made during the previous review but also the so-called Sesto agreement about syntax. The RFC period for UWS 1.1 ended on August 8th and the editors are currently addressing comments received. Spectral 2.0 is ready to enter RFC as is the VOEvent Transport Protocol. A TCG telecon is planned for the week of Sept 14th.

Reports from the WGs

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