Welcome to the USVOA
The US Virtual Observatory Alliance (USVOA) is an open community of astronomers across the United States working on the development and implementation of Virtual Observatory (VO) standards and tools at the country and international level. This website is a resource for both members and non-members. For those interested in learning more about US VO efforts, explore the site using the main navigation links above.
The USVOA will be holding a meeting at the 233rd meeting of the American Astronomical Society on Monday, Jan. 7 from 2:00 - 3:30pm in Room 4C-2 at the Washington State Convention Center.
This year's meeting will take a turn from our previous structure, focusing on VO tools and services that make science easier to do. Demonstrations will include accessing the NASA archives programmatically, building large image mosaics, discovering datasets through image services, and more.
The meeting is open to all attendees of the AAS; all are welcome to join in on US VO discussions. With 2020 approaching, we encourage attendees to raise questions, ideas, or concerns they have with their science goals for the next decadal surveys, and explore ways the VO can help.
A more detailed outline of talks will be posted closer to the meeting date. We look forward to seeing you all!
The US Virtual Observatory Alliance (USVOA) is a Special Interest Group (SIG) of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) Working Group on Astronomical Software
(WGAS), aimed at ensuring full participation of the US astronomical community in the development and implementation of international Virtual Observatory (VO) standards.
- The USVOA provides US-wide representation in the International Virtual Observatory Alliance (IVOA), and appoints the official US project representation to the IVOA Exec.
- The USVOA provides a forum for the US community to review and discuss interoperability standards and to provide feedback on them to the IVOA.
- USVOA activities are supported by member projects.
- As a WGAS SIG, the USVOA provides representation and annual operation plans to the WGAS.
The USVOA was endorsed by the AAS (American Astronomical Society) executive council as a WGAS SIG. It held its first meeting at the January 2015 AAS meeting in Seattle.
Want to get involved?
Send us an email / ticket at firstname.lastname@example.org
with your name, institution, and interest in the USVOA. We’re an open community and new members are always welcome!
Checkout our website to see what projects and events our members are involved in:
About the USVOA: Learn more about the USVOA, participating institutions, and a brief description of the VO.
Science Tools & Services: See examples of US- and internationally-developed VO tools and services (e.g., analysis programs, data acquisition services).
VO News: Hear about the latest VO developments, upcoming meetings, and other noteworthy news.
Support & Community: Learn how to get connected with USVOA activities.