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China-VO and Astroinformatics 2011, November 9 - 13


China-VO and Astroinformatics 2011 will be held from November 9 to 13 in Guiyang. During the workshop, participants will be organized to visit FAST observatory. For more information about the workshop, please click here.

May 2011 Issue of the IVOA Newsletter

The May 2011 issue of the IVOA Newsletter is now available at This biannual newsletter for astronomers is intended to highlight new capabilities of VO tools and technologies for doing astronomy research. It also lists recent papers and upcoming events. Comments and feedback are encouraged; you may contact the editors at

The power of VO

 Probably,Virtual Observatory is an infrastructure not only for astronomers but also for non human beings.In cold weather of Beijing ,two cats are lying on air conditioner outdoor units of the China-VO data center,enjoying warmth from the vo.



November 2010 issue of IVOA Newsletter

 The November 2010 issue of the IVOA Newsletter is now available at This biannual newsletter for astronomers is intended to highlight new capabilities of VO tools and technologies for doing astronomy research. It also lists recent papers, and upcoming events. Comments and feedback are encouraged; you may contact the

China-VO 2010 was held successfully



                                                                              Full Size Group Photo(3.65MB)

        China-VO 2010 was held successfully at Lijiang, Yunnan from Nov. 25-28. China-VO 2010 is the 9th annual meeting organized by the China-VO project. The theme of the meeting is "From VO to Astroinformatics". About 80 representatives from nationwide observatories, universities and companies attended the meeting. For more information please visit:


China-VO 2010 is coming

China-VO 2010 is the 9th annual workshop organized by the Chinese Virtual Observatory project. China-VO 2010 will be held from Nov. 24-28 at Lijing, Yunnan. Online registration is open now. For more information, please visit the website at:

China-VO progress report (prepared for IVOA TM37)

        From Aug 1 to 3, a national wide teacher training was organized. Focusing on WWT guided tour design, concepts about Virtual Observatory, Data Intensive Astronomy and Citizen Science were introduced and experienced during the workshop. About 40 teachers and senior amateur astronomers attend the training. For more information, please visit:
      To take full use of GPU cluster (85 nodes, 158Tflops) at NAOC and raise HPC applications in astronomy, a parallel programing workshop was organized from Sep 14 to 16. More than 70 graduated students attended the workshop. Great interests were shown and very positive feedbacks were collected. In additional to computing intensive simulations, data
intensive projects are also planned for the GPU cluster.

A lecture notice


        Prof. Alex Szalay from JHU will give us a lecture on next Thursday (June 17) morning at 10:00AM.

       Alex initiated "Virtual Observatory" about a dozen of years ago, and leads the NVO project ( I call him Father of Virtual Observatory. The collaboration and friendship between him and Dr.

Jim Gray has become a legend in the community. Live webcast will be available for the lecture so that VO fans outside of

NAOC can share it with us. 

Lecture information:

          Title:   HPC for Optical Astronomy: Astronomy with Petabytes of Data

          Speaker:   Prof. Alexander S. Szalay (Johns Hopkins Univ.)

          Date:   June 17, 2010              Time:   10:00AM

Notice on the book release: Chinese version of NVObook

           Two years after the publish of “The National Virtual Observatory: Tools and Techniques for Astronomical Research”
(, its Chinese version is published by China Science & Technology Press. More
information is available at:

Progress report prepared for IVOA FM36

       During the last two months, China-VO gains new visible progress in the following aspects.
       A preview version of FITS Manager (FM) is completed. FM is the second FITS oriented application from the China-VO. (The first one is FitHAS.) It is a desktop tool for astronomers to manage hundreds or thousands of FITS files hosted in their personal computers. FM provides basic functions of a file explorer, including browse, search and thumbnail preview. Additionally, SAMP interfaces are provides to broadcast selected FITS files to VO applications. FM is a collaborating project with the VO-I.
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