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Author(s) :

 

Van Buren, D., Curtis, P., Nichols, D. A., & Brundage, M.

Date of Publication :

 

1995

Article Title :

 

The AstroVR Collaboratory: An on-line multi-user environment for research in astrophysics

Editor(s) :

 

R. A. Shaw, H. E. Payne, and J. J. E. Hayes

Editor Role :

 

Eds.

Title of the Conference :

 

Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems IV, ASP Conference Series, Vol. 77, 1995

Page(s) :

 

99

Place of Publication :

 

San Francisco

Publisher Name :

 

Astronomical Society of the Pacific (APS)

Abstract :

 

We describe our experiment with an on-line collaborative environment where users share the execution of programs and communicate via audio, video, and typed text. Collaborative environments represent the next step in computer-mediated conferencing, combining powerful compute engines, data persistence, shared applications, and teleconferencing tools. As proof of concept, we have implemented a shared image analysis tool, allowing geographically distinct users to analyze FITS images together. We anticipate that \htmllink{AstroVR}{http://astrovr.ipac.caltech.edu:8888} and similar systems will become an important part of collaborative work in the next decade, including with applications in remote observing, spacecraft operations, on-line meetings, as well as and day-to-day research activities. The technology is generic and promises to find uses in business, medicine, government, and education.

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