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Name of Collaboratory :

 

AstroGrid

 
 

URL :

  http://www.astrogrid.org/  
 

Collaboratory Status :

 
Operational   Start Date : 2001 End Date : Info Last Updated : Tue, Dec 7 2010 8:00pm PST
 
 

Primary Collaboratory Function :

  Community Infrastructure Development  
 

Secondary Collaboratory Functions :

   
 

Domain(s) :

  PHYSICAL SCIENCES >Astronomy >Astronomy  
 

Brief Description of the Collaboratory :

 

AstroGrid is the doorway to the Virtual Observatory (VO). They provide a suite of desktop applications to enable astronomers to explore and bookmark resources from around the world, find data, store and share files in VOSpace, query databases, plot and manipulate tables, cross-match catalogues, and build and run scripts to automate sequences of tasks. Tools from other Euro-VO projects inter-operate with AstroGrid software, so scientists can also view and analyse images and spectra located in the VO.

AstroGrid software and services are used by astronomers all over the world on a daily basis.

The AstroGrid project has involved four inter-related strands of work.

* Working with colleagues world-wide to construct agreed international standards and protocols.
* Constructing technical infrastructure software, for data centres and developers to deploy.
* Establishing and running working services, such the AstroGrid Registry, and various VOSpace fileservers.
* Constructing astronomical user software, and providing user support.

AstroGrid was a founding member of the International Virtual Observatory Alliance (IVOA), another collaboratory.

 
 

Access to Instruments :

  The AstroGrid tools are all freely downloadable from their Website. They provide a suite of desktop applications to enable astronomers to query databases, plot and manipulate tables, cross-match catalogues, and build and run scripts to automate sequences of tasks.  
 

Access to Information Resources :

  The AstroGrid tools provide a way to access the information in the Virtual Observatory. They provide a suite of desktop applications to enable astronomers to explore and bookmark resources from around the world, find data, store and share files in VOSpace.  
 

Access to People as Resources :

  The AstroGrid Website offers news, workshops, science calls, and a space for users to share their own scripts and tools with other users.

People can become registered users of AstroGrid, by registering with a particular "community" - typically this is a list of registered users in one particular institution, administered locally. So far there is only a handful of such communities, but they expect the list to grow. The community one joins determines which data they have access to. Registered users can also use the system to define "groups" so that their collaborators can see a given set of data in VOSpace, but nobody else can.
 
 

Funding Agency or Sponsor :

 
European Commission
Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council (PPARC)
Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
 
 
 

Notes on Funding Agencies/Sponsors:
The total funding over eight years has been approximately £14M.

 
 
 
Organizations with Funded Participants:
 
Organization name:
Approx # of participants:
Description of organization's role(s):
University of Leicester
   Department of Physics and Astonomy (Leicester University)
7
Lead Investigator (Mike Watson); AstroGrid sysman and Web lead (Gary Gilchrist); Semantics (Norman Gray); ADQL and Query Builder (Jeff Lusted); Project Manager (Keith Noddle); Systems Integration & Testing (Catherine Qin); Science Support, X-ray astronomy (Jonathan Tedds)
University of Edinburgh
   Institute for Astronomy (Univ. Edinburgh) (IfA)
4
Lead Investigator (Andy Lawrence); VOTECH sysman and Web lead (Mark Holliman); VOTECH DS6 Leader (Bob Mann); Admin Support (Peredur Williams)
University of Cambridge
   Institute of Astronomy (Cambridge University)
6
Lead Investigator (Richard McMahon); Data Set Access Components (Kona Andrews); AstroGrid Python, Science Support, optical-IR astronomy (Eduardo Gonzalez-Solares); VOSpace (Dave Morris); Web and Grid interfaces (Guy Rixon); Project Scientist (Nic Walton)
University of Manchester
   Jodrell Bank Observatory
5
Lead Investigator (Simon Garrington); Science Support, solar-terrestrial astronomy (Silvia Dalla); Common Execution Architecture (Paul Harrison); Science Support, Radio Astronomy (Anita Richards); VODesktop, Astro Runtime API (Noel Winstanley)
University College London
   Mullard Space Science Laboratory
2
Lead Investigator (Len Culhane); Solar System Engineering (Elizabeth Auden); Registry (Kevin Benson)
Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
   Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (of the STFC)
2
Consortium Board member (Ian McCrea); Lead Investigator (Peter Allan)
University of Bristol
   School of Physics (University of Bristol)
2
Lead Investigator (Mark Birkinshaw); Topcat and applications standards (Mark Taylor)
 
TOTAL PARTICIPANTS:
28
 

Notes on Participants/Organizations:
In earlier phases, the consortium has also included the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation, University of Portsmouth; the School of Computer Science, University of Belfast; the School of Physics, University of Exeter; and the School of Computing, University of Leeds.

   
     
 
 

Communications Technology Used :

  Email  
 

Technical Capabilities :

   
  Key Articles :    
 

Project-reported performance data :

  A query of some kind is sent to their Registry approximately once every thirty seconds.  
 
         
    
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