IVOA Executive Committee Meeting (TM99)

when: July 20, 2021

Time: 1pm (UTC)


Topic: IVOA Exec TM99
Time: Jul 20, 2021 01:00 PM Universal Time UTC
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Agenda TM99

  1. Roll Call and Agenda
  2. Minutes of TM98
  3. Review of Exec ACTIONS (ALL DONE)
  4. Project Reports [Significant Events Only]
  5. Overall TCG Status
  6. Approval of new IVOA Recommendation(s) [Standing Item]
  7. Future Interop meetings
  8. CSP Status
  9. Nomination of new Chair of the Standing Committee on Standards and Processes
  10. Nomination of new chair of the Media Group
  11. Discussion on landing web page updates (BB)
  12. Date of next Exec meeting
  13. Review of New Action Items

Reports from the Projects




Australia-VO (ASVO)



A strategic cooperation agreement among National Astronomical Data Center (NADC), National High Energy Physics Science Data Center (NHEPSDC) and National Space Science Data Center (NSSDC) was signed on July 20. Under the agreement, the three national data centers will provide comprehensive services for theirs users.



- Planning for IVOA Interop 2022 is underway. Meetnig will be at the Laurel Point Inn, as in previous years.

- Canadian government has approved pursuit of membership in SKA, initially as associate members and moving to full membership. CADC is strongly engaged in the SRC Working Groups and will help guide the design of SRCs with attention to IVOA standards.



France VO









VObs.it is now considered as a "programme" (long-term project) by INAF, that provides coordination and a certain amount of funding through its ICT Office. The VO has been included in the INAF Medium-Term Plan (PTA) as a key topic.

Participation in VObs.it has been extended, besides INAF, ASI (SSDC - Space Science Data Center) and University of Padova, also to INFN. VObs.it virtual meetings are organised on a regular basis, with an average of 25 participants.

The IVOA responsible for Documentation (Giulia Iafrate) filled in temporarily for Deborah Baines as editor of the IVOA Newsletter.



  • CfA/CXC - Updated reference implementation for ObsLocTAP to be in line with final standard updates - turned run logs over to DM V Ch/Ops Ch; Contributed to DM working group annotation syntax resolution - identified how close the 2 solutions were and where the sticking points were to resolve. Worked conclusions.

Report from the TCG

o Had a kick off meeting (6/16) with new members .... got thru a few logistics & reviewed the TCG web page & links

o TCG working 2021A Roadmaps - all WGs completed

o Janet/Marco sent what we plan to be a monthly newsletter to TCG for July - highlights, action reminder, few notes

o New Standard -> ObsLocTAP 1.0 was officially approved by the TCG on 7/7 - Passed on spreadsheet to Exec Ch/VCh last night for Exec review

o UCDList v.1.4 Note agreed by TCG; Endorsed Note document made available on ivoa.net docs repo

o Provided an Interop review Newsletter article; Reviewing current draft

o DM group worked since the Interop to conclude the workshop; held wrapup meeting 7/13; sent conclusions and outlined path forward - very succesful

(merged syntax for annotation that had been lanquishing since 2018; outlined steps forward in roadmap)

o MM assisting TCG with Github repos and a leading policy and guidelines in authoring documents using ivoatex and git with a small team of TCG experts.

o TCG requests a KDD Vice Chair?? I solicited the TCG for names but have not received any.

o Next TCG meeting - Aug 25 @20:00 UTC

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