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24 May 2021

The Virtual Observatory (VO) is the vision that astronomical datasets, services and other resources should work as a seamless whole. Many projects and data centres worldwide are working towards this goal. The International Virtual Observatory Alliance (IVOA) is the organisation that builds the technical standards that are needed to make the VO possible. It also acts as a focus for VO aspirations, a framework for discussing and sharing VO ideas and technology, and body for promoting and publicising the VO.

The IVOA May 2021 Virtual Interoperability Meeting Programme is available here:


On May 24 at 20h30 UTC which is 22h30 CEST, Dave Morris (UEDIN) and Hendrik Heinl (CNRS-ObAS) from ESCAPE will present an Introduction session using a scientific use case to demonstrate the concepts. This session is intended for newcomers to IVOA or anyone who wants a reminder of the basics of the Virtual Observatory.

This meeting represents an important step for ESCAPE as there is a high level of coherence between the direction of the international IVOA and needs of the ESCAPE partners.

One of ESCAPE’s main objectives is indeed to assess and implement the connection of the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) and other astronomy and astroparticle research infrastructures to the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) through the Virtual Observatory framework, actively contributing to the setting up of the EOSC services.

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