AAS 197, January 2001
Session 116. Virtual Observatory: Data, Services, Tools and Software
Display, Thursday, January 11, 2001, 9:30-4:00pm, Exhibit Hall

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[116.09] The NVO in Day-to-Day Astronomy

T.A. McGlynn (NASA/GSFC [USRA]), N.E. White (NASA/GSFC)

In the discussion following the decadal review's recommendation to establish a National Virtual Observatory (NVO) much attention has been paid to how the NVO could provide unprecedented capabilities to perform complex statistical analyses of the huge datasets now entering the community. It is equally important to recognize how it can also redefine how astronomers conduct smaller scale investigations. The NVO vision includes a federation of current major data providers, providing astronomers with seamless access to data from distributed sites, spanning the entire spectrum. This goes well beyond earlier services, e.g., SkyView, Astrobrowse, NED, .... The NVO's metadata standards, data mining capabilities, and data discovery services will enable all astronomers -- including those without substantial access to physical observatories -- to quickly and effectively use the archival resources of the community.

In this paper we describe how the NVO may come to permeate the culture of astronomy in the coming decade. We discuss our experience with forerunners of the NVO including SkyView and Astrobrowse, and we also consider the requirements that the NVO must meet to ensure it achieves its potential for the entire astronomical community.

The author(s) of this abstract have provided an email address for comments about the abstract: tam@lheapop.gsfc.nasa.gov

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