AAS 205th Meeting, 9-13 January 2005
Session 130 Astronomical Research with the Virtual Observatory
Special Session, Wednesday, January 12, 2005, 2:00-3:30pm, Royal Palm 1-3

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[130.02] Virtual Observatory Science Applications

T.A. McGlynn (NASA/GSFC)

Many Virtual-Observatory-based applications are now available to astronomers for use in their research. These span data discovery, access, visualization and analysis. Tools can quickly gather and organize information from sites around the world to help in planning a response to a gamma-ray burst, help users pick filters to isolate a desired feature, make an average template for z=2 AGN, select sources based upon information in many catalogs, or correlate massive distributed databases. Using VO protocols, the reach of existing software tools and packages can be greatly extended, allowing users to find and access remote information almost as conveniently as local data.

The talk highlights just a few of the tools available to scientists, describes how both large and small scale projects can use existing tools, and previews some of the new capabilities that will be available in the next few years.

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