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.

Theme – Data Processing Pipelines and Science-Ready Data, Data Interoperability, Other