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The Subaru Seminar is usually held in Room 104 of the Hilo Base Facility, adjacent to the main lobby. Everyone is welcome to attend. If you are interested in giving a seminar, please contact Subaru seminar organizers (Tomonori Usuda, Kumiko S. Usuda, Masahiko Hayashi, Masayuki Akiyama) by email.

March 14, Monday at 11:00am

" Recent Progress of the Japanese Virtual Observatory Project;

Masatoshi Ohishi (NAOJ, Mitaka)


Astronomy is at the forefront for data conservation and distribution, and also for information networking, availability of observatory archives, and collaboration between archive providers, data centers and journals. The current astronomy information network already allows scientists to surf from observations to results published in journals, and includes value-added information services. The next step is integration of the massive, heterogeneous, distributed available information, including very large surveys, modelling results, etc.

Many VO projects around the world have started, and they have formed the International Virtual Observatory Alliance (IVOA). One main collaborative activity of this international effort is the definition of the interoperability standards required to go further in integrating heterogeneous, distributed information.

We have been developing Japanese Virtual Observatory (JVO), as a member of the IVOA, to integrate astronomical databases taken by both ground-based and satellite-based telescopes operated by the NAOJ and the JAXA/ISAS. JVO prototype has already been interconnected with the VOs in the US and Europe since last December.

I will present technical details and achievements of the JVO prototype.


Seminars are also held at JAC, CFHT, and IfA.



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