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NAOC and Tianjin Univ. will enhance cooperation in Astro-informa

On Nov. 13th, 2008, a joint laboratory, NAOC-TJU Joint Laboratory in Astro-Informatics was established between National Astronomical Observatories, CAS and Tianjin University. NAOC and TJU have been working together on Virtual Observatory for a few years. In the future, the joint laboratory will act as a base of cooperation between NAOC and TJU. Further collaborated research and developments on VO, LAMOST, and many other software and network related projects are going to be planed and initiated.

SDSS DR6 was fully mirrored at NAOC

After great effort of more then one year, the SDSS DR6 datasets ware fully mirrored at National Astronomical Observatories, CAS (NAOC). A mirror website is built at:
The available resources include:
SkyServer BestDR6 (2500GB)
SkyServer SegueDR6 (500GB)
Spectra DR6 (300GB)
Images DR6 (10TB)

Progress Report (0709-0801)

During the last few months, the first scientific paper appeared from the China-VO group. Using VO-DAS (VO Data Access Service), Dr. Chao LIU and his colleagues searched Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) DR5 photometric data with 120d< α < 270d, 25d < δ < 70d for new Milky Way companions or substructures in the Galactic halo. Five candidates were identified as over dense faint stellar sources that have color-magnitude diagrams similar to those of known globular clusters, or dwarf spheroidal galaxies.

FitHAS 1.2 released

FitHAS is an easy-to-use assistant tool for FITS header archiving, which is developed by Chinese Virtual Observatory (China-VO) team and IBM Center of Tianjin University. The tool provides graphic interface and wizard guiding an archive manager or data provider to extract header information from one or more FITS files (*.fit, *.fits, *.fit.gz, *.fits.gz) and import it to a table.
Please visit here for more information.

The 2007 Spring IVOA Interop Meeting was held successfully

The 2007 Spring IVOA Interop Meeting was held successfully in Beijing, more information is available here.

Funding for VO-DAS

Following the 270,000 RMB (~ 34,000 USD) NSFC funding for SkyMouse R&D, another small piece of NSFC funding was granted to China-VO team. The term of the new funding is 3 years with a total number of 240,000 RMB (~30,000 USD). The funding will be mainly used on research and development of VO-DAS.

New grant for the China-VO approved

The China-VO group got good news this month when SkyMouse received critical government funding. A three-year, RMB270,000 award to the China-VO team is announced by the National Science Foundation China recently. The funding will provide strong support to the development of SkyMouse system.

China-VO 2005 was held successfully

Chinese Virtual Observatory annual meeting for the year (China-VO 2005) was held successfully at Shandong University at Weihai from November 25th to 27th. About 30 representatives from National Astronomical Observatories, Beijing Normal Univ., Central China Normal Univ., CNIC CAS, Tianjin Univ., Yunnan Univ. and Shandong Univ. at Weihai, attended the meeting. 20 talks were presented on all VO related fields, esp. on China-VO R&D. All related materials about the meeting including slides, pictures and other documents will be available at the meeting website soon.

VOTable2XHTML, from VOTable to XHTML

VOTable2XHTML 2.0 is now available for download. VOTable2HTML is an XSLT stylesheet that can be used to transform a VOTable file into XHTML file. For more details, please visit:

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