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We propose a programme of work to develop a future Virtual Observatory infrastructure for the UK that delivers powerful analysis facilities, is matched to key facilities and missions, is integrated into the European scene, and backs UK data centres in international competition.The Virtual Observatory is conceived as a set of standards and a software framework that allows creative diversity in publishing data services and writing software tools. The current AstroGrid project is on track to produce a first working version of this ideal. In addition, we will populate the system with selected current UK databases, and provide a limited set of user tools. However, there is a clear need for a follow-on project - to extend and improve the infrastructure, to take advantage of further waves of technology, and to establish UK Data Centres as competitors in the new world, especially as we head towards competition over servicing key missions such as ALMA, GAIA, or JWST.We have designed a broad but structured project to address these new priorities. We aim to :· Expand, revise and improve the core infrastructure· Provide a suite of science user tools, and set up a system for responding to personalised user needs· Research and deploy new automated resource discovery techniques - AstroOntology and Intelligent Agents· Research and deploy techniques in Grid technology, visualisation and datamining, creating an AstroGrid Data Exploration Framework (ADEF)· Create a UK Data Centre Alliance, and provide co-ordinated effort to take up VO and Grid technology· Develop dedicated outreach software to allow schools and the public to access the Virtual Observatory.These goals will be pursued within the context of AstroGrids role in the EURO-VO programme that has been proposed to FP6. Specifically, AstroGrid is expected to lead a distributed collaboration known as the "VO Technology Centre (VOTC)", as well as its constituent data centres being members of a Europe-wide Data Centre Alliance (DCA). Our work programme will also be co-ordinated with the general UK e-science programme, and the international VO programme, through the IVOA.

Maturity: Initial Research
Region: UK
Type: Pilot
Grant Value: £9,000,000.00
Start Date: 01/09/2001
End Date: 01/01/2008
Project Status: funded
Funding Agency: PPARC EU

Project Members
PIOther Members
Prof Andy Lawrence
Dr Nicholas Walton
Mr Tony Linde

Collaborating Organisations
Jodrell Bank Observatory, University of Manchester
Mullard Space Science Lab, UCL
Queen's University Belfast
School of Physics (University of Edinburgh)
University of Bristol
University of Cambridge
University of Exeter
University of Leeds
University of Leicester
University of Portsmouth

Component(s) Project Develops
Application Services
Authentication & Authorisation
Collaboration and Remote Instrument Services
Data Access Services
Data Cataloguing and Provenance
Data Mining and Analysis Services
Grid Computational Services
Problem Solving Environments
Resource Access Services
Visualisation Services
Workflow Services

Application Area(s) associated with Project
Particle Physics & Astronomy


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