Katharina Lutz

Radio and multiwavelength astronomer - postdoc at the CDS - researching galaxies, their kinematics and their ISM - involved in ESCAPE and the Virtual Observatory

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Affiliation – CDS, CNRS, Observatoire Astronomique de Strasbourg


Spreading the word – current status of VO tutorials and schools

With some telescopes standing still, now more than ever simple access to archival data is vital for astronomers and they need to know how to go about it. Within European Virtual Observatory (VO) projects, such as COSADIE (2013-2015), Asterics (2015-2018) and Escape (since 2019), we have been offering Virtual Observatory schools for many years. The aim of these schools are twofold: teaching (early career) researchers about the functionalities and possibilities within the Virtual Observatory and collecting feedback from the astronomical community. In addition, the VO dissemination team at CDS started to explore more and new ways to interact with the community: a series of blog posts on AstroBetter.com, a lunch time session at the virtual EAS meeting 2020, a Spanish VO school, GAVO supported events and their Virtual Observatory Text Treasures, and contributions to online archive workshops. In the proposed talk we will present the different formats in more detail, and report on the resulting interaction with the community as well as the estimated reach. Based on these we will discuss which methods work well in which setting, where we can still improve in the future and which methods might become more important and interesting in the future.

Radio data archives round table

With SKA precursor and pathfinder operations in full swing, radio and (sub-)mm astronomy is entering the era of super big data. The big questions is how to make (sub-)mm and radio data available to the astronomical community, preferably using FAIR (findable, accessible, interoperable and re-useable) principles. There are already a lot of efforts going on around the globe: facilities such as ALMA, LOFAR, MWA, NRAO and ASKAP are already publishing much of their data in the form of "science ready" image products, SKA regional centres are being formed and a radio astronomy interest group has been initiated within the IVOA. We want to use this BoF to bring everyone interested in this topic around one informal, friendly, virtual table to hear about and discuss the following questions: Where are different groups in their efforts to expose both visibility and science ready data? What is already there, maybe has been used for decades by traditional observatories? Which pieces of information or technology are still missing? Where do we want to go, what needs to happen next?
We will start the BoF with short presentations from active players around the world and then look forward to a discussion with all attendees.