Christopher Schollar completed his masters in Computer Science at the University of Cape Town in 2015. Since then he has been working as part of the Science Data Processor team at the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO) working on the MeerKAT telescope. His focus has been developing tools to provide access to data in the long term archive for SARAO.

Affiliation – SARAO Position – Science Processing Developer


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.