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A. Price (AAVSO), S.L. Allen (UCO/Lick Observatory), A. Fhima, J. Garcia (Gemini Observatory), A. Mahabal (Caltech), R. Seaman (NOAO), R. Williams (Caltech)
VOEvent is the emerging International Virtual Observatory standard for distributing transient celestial event notifications. The VOEvent specification provides a method for alerting subscribers to celestial phenomena in need of rapid, often automatic, observational follow-up. Both discovery and follow-up observations can be described using this semantically rich XML standard. We present a description of the standard and examples of implemented systems. The IVOA VOEvent working group is responsible for continuing to develop the specification and for motivating the development of conforming systems, interoperable with each other and with prior community resources. Much of the specific work presented in this poster was accomplished at the National Virtual Observatory Summer School II, supported by the National Science Foundation.
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Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society, 37 #4
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