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Paper: Science in VOTECH
Volume: 351, Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems XV
Page: 775
Authors: Walton, N.A.; Gonzalez-Solares, E.; Allen, M.G.; Guainazzi, M.; Longo, G.; Richards, A.M.S.; Wicenec, A.
Abstract: The Euro-VO technology centre (VOTC), is a major new initiative that has recently been created to develop the technical solutions required to meet the needs of the Virtual Observatory in Europe. A major task for the VOTC is preparing a robust design for future implementation of a pervasive European wide virtual observatory system, all based on newly emerging global virtual observatory standards. In the first three years of the VOTC, implementations of key capabilities, resulting from early designs will be generated, and used in support of the key astronomical science programmes.
We describe these initial activities of the VOTC, with a focus on the early use of the new VOTC capabilities. These are broadly based around four major themes: a robust virtual observatory infrastructure, astronomical applications, techniques for resource discovery, and large scale data exploration. The key technologies being developed in each area are closely linked to science drivers, these largely based on those outlined in the Euro-VO's precursor Astrophysical Virtual Observatory Science Reference Mission document.
We describe how two broad science themes, one addressing the evolution of galaxies and one focused on stellar populations and galactic structure, are being used in 2005/6 as test cases against which the current VOTC capabilities will be scientifically utilised and assessed.
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