Session Detail

Science Tools for Data-Intensive Astronomy
Sunday, Jan 08, 2012, 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Room 19A
Full exploitation of the multi-wavelength suite of ground- and space-based telescopes increasingly requires integration and joint analysis of the images, spectra, and catalogs. New time domain observational techniques also require new services and tools for coordinating observations and examining the data. The scale of data is both growing rapidly, and the rate of increase is expected to continue rising. These data-intensive aspects of astronomy were captured in the concept of "cyber-discovery" in the New Worlds, New Horizons Decadal Survey. Moreover, proposals to both NSF and NASA now require discussion of a “data management plan.”
Session 1 (12:00--2:00 p.m.) is “The Virtual Observatory in the Classroom” and is aimed at educators, in which the VO will be illustrated in the context of providing access to astronomical data in the classroom. The VO is well-positioned to teach STEM-based subjects using real astronomical data from more than 30 world-class telescopes. Efforts are already underway to identify secondary school teachers and community college educators in the Austin area regarding this workshop. Participants will have the opportunity to provide feedback, particularly in the EPO sense for standards-based education.
Session 2 (2:30 p.m.--5:00 p.m.) is aimed at research astronomers, in which Virtual Observatory (VO) tools and services will be demonstrated in the context of a range of science use cases and tutorials. These use cases and tutorials will include constructing and modeling spectral energy distributions, cross-matching objects from diverse catalogs, exploration of time series data, and image analysis tools.
This workshop is organized and sponsored by the Virtual Astronomical Observatory. Financial assistance may be available for those that qualify. Please contact Marie Huffman at

Robert J. Hanisch1