Mark Kettenis is software project scientist at the Joint Institute for VLBI ERIC (JIVE).
Mark Kettenis studied physics at the University of Twente in the Netherlands and did is PhD in theoretical physics at the University of Amsterdam. After a few years in industry (at a small IT services provider) he joined JIVE to work on various software projects related to Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI). This includes the software correlator currently in use at JIVE as well as end-user software such as ParselTongue (a Python scripting interface for AIPS) and CASA (VLBI support which is used by the EHT).
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.