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    2017 IVOA Northern Spring Interop Meeting

    The first IVOA Interoperability meeting of 2017 will be held in Shanghai, China, from May 14-19, at the Jianguo Hotel Shanghai. For registration, logistics, and meeting information, please visit the conference home page.

    The IVOA Interoperability Workshops provide a bi-annual venue for discussion and development of Virtual Observatory standards and VO-based applications, and are open to those with an interest in utilizing the VO infrastructure and tools in support of observatory operations and/or astronomical research.

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    [Highlights] USVOA 229th AAS Meeting presentations are available

    The project statuses and notes from the USVOA business meeting during the 229th AAS are available. Participating projects included: ADS, CXC, HEASARC, IRSA , JHU, LSST, MAST, NED, NOAO, and NRAO .

    Highlights from the meeting were

    • New and updated services / applications
      • New serviceNOAO DataLab (beta 1)
      • SciServer updates: Altair, SkyQuery, Compute, SciDrive hookup to CasJobs
      • Iris 3.0b2: updated plotting and fitting interface
      • SIA v2 service implemented in NED
      • MAST: ObsTAP available for all MAST observations. Hubble Source Catalog complete.
      • IRSA: Cone, TAP, and SIA services implemented.
    • Standards statuses:
      • VO-DML (VO Data Modeling Language) collaboration between CXC, JHU, STScI, and Univ. Strasbourg. Prototyping reference implementations to several formats and reworking syntax based on results.
      • HiPS (Hierarchical Progresssive Survey) work is planned at CXC and MAST.
      • CAOM (Common Archive Observation Model). While not a VO standard, US VOA participants are working to build interoperability with CAOM data.
    • Project goals for 2017+:
      • ADS: VO compliancy updates and to-do's -- call for suggestions / enhancements in ADS for interoperability with other services.
      • HEASARC: VO compliancy updates
      • JHU: VO-DML work, SciServer updates
      • IRSA: Cone, TAP, and SIA services implemented. Currently working SIA v2, SSA, VOWorkspace, and CAOM services/models
      • LSST: VO areas of interest - SCS, SIAP, and TAP access will (almost certainly) be enabled within the interfaces and workspace
      • Chandra CXC: working NDCubeDM, DatasetDM, STC2. HiPS implementation work.
      • NED: working on TAP interface to NED Object Database, with version 1.0 expected to be released in late 2017.
      • MAST: Currently working CAOM, VO-DML, TAP, and NAVO-indexing survey, with plans for AuthN/AuthZ, DataLink implementation, and HiPS

    Thank you to all who attended the meeting. The presentations showed how much work has been done towards the interoperability of data and services within the US astronomical community within just the past year. Here's to another year of progress!

    Upcoming Events:

    • USVOA Telecon: Date/Time TBD, but it will be before the next IVOA Interop. Look for it on the USVOA calendar on For Members.
    • IVOA Interop 2017: May 14-19 in Shanghai, China

     

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    USVOA at the 229th AAS

    The USVOA will be holding a business meeting at the 229th AAS on Thursday, January 5, 2017, in room Appaloosa 1 at the Gaylord Texan Convention Center. All AAS attendees are welcome to join and participate in the discussions.

    The meeting format will be similar to the 227th AAS USVOA meeting. The general agenda is currently

    • Project statuses
    • Current issues
    • Open discussion

    and will be updated as the meeting date gets closer.

    Specific topics are encouraged. If you have an item you wish to add to the agenda, please send an email to usvoa-support@cfa.harvard.edu.

    (For more information on the 229th AAS meeting, visit https://aas.org/meetings/aas229)

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    2016 IVOA Interop Meeting II

    The second IVOA Interop Meeting of 2016 will be held after ADASS, at Stazione Marittima Conference Centre in Trieste, Italy, from 21-23 October 2016. For registration, logistics, and meeting information, please visit the conference home page.

    The IVOA Interoperability Workshops provide a semi-annual venue for discussion and development of Virtual Observatory standards and VO-based applications, and are open to those with an interest in utilizing the VO infrastructure and tools in support of observatory operations and/or astronomical research.

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    Summer 2016 IVOA Interoperability Meeting

    The IVOA Spring 2016 Interoperability Meeting will be held at the Stellenbosch Institute of Advanced Study (STIAS), near Cape Town, South Africa from 8-13 May 2016. For registration, logistics, and meeting information, please visit the conference home page. You can find a list of special topics and plenary sessions in the program.

    We will be holding a telecon on April 21, 2016 at 4:00pm ET (1:00pm PT) to discuss US coordination efforts for the Interop meeting. The agenda items are currently TBD, but members are welcome to provide topics for discussion (send topics to usvoa-support at cfa.harvard.edu or any of the USVOA execs).

    The IVOA Interoperability Workshops provide a semi-annual venue for discussion and development of Virtual Observatory standards and VO-based applications, and are open to those with an interest in utilizing the VO infrastructure and tools in support of observatory operations and/or astronomical research.

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    [Highlights] USVOA 227th AAS Splinter Meeting presentations are available

    The USVOA Splinter Meeting presentations are available for viewing.

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    USVOA at 227th AAS Meeting

    The 227th American Astronomical Society Meeting will be held from Jan. 4 - 8, 2016, at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Kissimmee, Florida. For details and logistics, visit the AAS website.

    The USVOA will hold a meeting in the St. George room #114, on Wednesday Jan. 6, 2016 from 10:00 to 11:30 am.

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    [Highlights] IVOA: Sydney, Australia ­ Oct. 30 - Nov. 1, 2015

    Notes from the 2015 fall IVOA Interoperability Meeting have been summarized and made available. See the full IVOA meeting summary notes.

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    IVOA Meeting in Sydney, Australia - Oct. 30 - Nov. 1 2015

    The fall 2015 IVOA Interoperability Meeting will be held following ADASS from 30 October - 1 November at the Sydney Institute for Astronomy and CAASTRO Headquarters, 44-70 Rosehill Street Redfern.

    There are no registration fees. All interested peoples are welcome to attend. For registration, logistics, and meeting information, please visit the conference home page.

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    [Highlights] IVOA: Sesto, Italy ­ June 15-19, 2015

    Notes from the 2015 spring IVOA Interoperability Workshop have been summarized and made available. See the full IVOA meeting summary notes.
    Covered topics include:

    • Standards (Datalink 1.0)
    • IVOA Registry services
    • Newly elected Working/Interest Group Chair/Deputy Chair positions
    • IVOA documents on ADS
    • Groups and Committees updates
      • Knowledge Discovery in Databases Interest Group
      • Committee on Science Priorities

    The next IVOA Interoperability meeting is in Sydney, Australia (Oct. 30 - Nov. 01; after ADASS).

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