Science with the Virtual Observatory


A one-day session of the


JENAM-2011: European Week of Astronomy and Space Science

Russia, Saint-Petersburg, 4 - 8 July, 2011

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Conveners: Christophe Arviset1, Oleg Malkov2, Areg Mickaelian3

1.    ESA-ESAC, Spain,

2.    Institute of Astronomy, Russia,

3.    Byurakan Astrophysical Observatory, Armenia,




The development of huge astronomical data bases archives and software tools that utilize computer networks to create an environment in which research can be conducted have initiated an active use of new techniques in astronomy, Virtual Observatory (VO). It is a collection of interoperating data and software to form a research environment in which complex research programs can be conducted.
During the past 10 years it has been produced a resumption of a dialogue between astronomers and computer scientists, led by the International Virtual Observatory Alliance (IVOA). This dialogue has been quite fruitful and has been the origin of a new discipline that can be called Data Intensive Astronomy.
VO projects worldwide are now moving from the development of infrastructure into the operations era. In order for such projects to remain viable, it is essential that VO projects become more closely aligned with the needs of the astronomical research community, and the metric of success of the IVOA and the national VO projects will be wide utilization of VO products and services by astronomers worldwide.
The IVOA has begun to focus its efforts in this area by assisting in the creation of scientific sessions at major international meetings, developing science use cases, identifying urgently-needed services, and suggesting paths for implementation of these services in close collaboration with the IVOA.



The SpS3 Proceedings will be published in international refereed journal "Baltic Astronomy"  ( Instructions for preparing and submitting your manuscript may be reviewed on the Instructions page of the "Baltic Astronomy" website: When developing your submission, please ensure that you use appropriate LaTeX style files, which may be retrieved from the Style files page:


Page limitation for Invited/Contributed/Poster papers: 8 pages

Proceedings editors: Oleg Malkov and Nikolay Samus

The deadline for manuscript submission is September 15, 2011




We would like to make presentations available online. To help this along, we request that you upload your presentation (oral as well as posters) as soon as it is ready (i.e., you can do it right now) to our upload ftp site:

PPT and PDF are our preferred formats. We ask that you identify your presentation by using as its file name your last name, for instance: malkov.pdf




Session 1. Science data centres in the VO. 9:30-11:10
Chair: Mark Allen

09:30 -09:50 "Presentation on VAMDC" Pierre Le Sidaner
09:50-10:10 "Using VO technologies to access CADC collections" Severin Gaudet
10:10-10:30 "CDS services in the VO era : data center 2.0" Sebastien Derriere
10:30-10:45 "The Kyiv Meridian Circle' observation archive as the UkrVO scientific resourse" Anastasiia Zolotukhina
10:45-11:00 "The Serbian Virtual Observatory: Current Status of Belgrade Wide Field Plate Archive. Future Plans and Topics" Vojislava Protitch-Benishek

11:00-11:10 "Extragalactic science with the Virtual Observatory" Igor Chilingarian

11:10-11:30 Coffee break

11:30-13:00 Plenary session 2

13:00-15:00 Lunch break

Session 2. Science from catalogues and large surveys in the VO. 15:00-16:30
Chair: Severin Gaudet


15:00-15:20 "Cross catalog matching with VO and parameterization of stars" Oleg Malkov
15:20-15:40 "VODKA: as VO-tools can be usefull for data mining science" Riccardo Smareglia
15:40-16:00 "Large astronomical surveys, archives and databases" Areg Mickaelian
16:00-16:15 "Multifrequency Study of Radio Sources of the RCR Catalogue with the Virtual Observatory Tools" Olga Zhelenkova
16:15-16:30 "UkrVO Joint Archive and Scientific Projects" Irina Vavilova

16:30-17:00 Coffee break

17:00-18:30 Plenary session 3

Session 3. Science use cases with the VO. 18:30-20:00
Chair: Areg Mickaelian

18:30-18:50 "Going beyond coordinate searches in the VO" Mark Allen
18:50-19:10 "Science Initiatives of the US Virtual Astronomical Observatory" Robert Hanisch
19:10-19:30 "Science with the VO: Spectroscopic studies of pre-main sequence stars" Deborah Baines
19:30-19:50 "Galactic science with the Virtual Observatory" Ivan Zolotukhin
19:50-20:00 "Discoveries of ultracool subdwarfs with VO tools" Eduardo Martin


"Digital archive of plate collection of the astrograph of the Zvenigorod observatory of Institute of Astronomy of the Russian Academy of Sciences"Sergei Vereshchagin et al.
"The lower main sequence of stars in the solar neighborhood: model predictions versus observations" Stanislava Bartasiute et al.
"Pulkovo observatory astronegative library" Eugene Poliakow et al.
"Pulkovo observatory nanometrical measuring machine"Eugene Poliakow et al.
"The new version of Binary stars database (BDB)" Pavel Kaygorodov et al.
"Spectral Analysis with the Virtual Observatory Service TheoSSA" Klaus Werner et al.