ESF Exploratory Workshop on
"The Virtual Observatory:
Access to, and Use of, Information and Data
Astronomical, Earth and Environmental Observations"

European Science Foundation, Strasbourg

Programme


Monday 20 September 1999

Theme 1: Future of the Internet, Scientific Research and the Science/Industry Interface

09:00-09:30, Svenje Mehlert, ESF, Introductory Remarks.
09:30-10:00, Franco Mastroddi, DG XIII-E, CEC, Luxembourg. Advances in information and media access.
10:00-10:30, Ian Ritchie, President British Computer Society, member of Board of PPARC, Chairman of VIS Interactive plc, Multiscosm Ltd., Orbital Technologies Ltd. The interfaces between scientific research and industry.
10:30-11:00, Coffee.
11:00-11:30, Ian Butterworth, Imperial College London and Academia Europaea. The impact of information and communications technologies on scientific research in Europe.
11:30-12:30, Round-table on the Future of the Internet, Scientific Research and the Science/Industry Interface.
12:30-14:00, Buffet lunch.

Theme 2: Electronic Data Cataloging, Computing and Information Services

14:00-14:30, Daniel Egret, Director, and Françoise Genova, Head CDS, Strasbourg Astronomical Observatory. Information hubs.
14:30-15:00, Tim Naylor, Keele University. Astronomical computing and information services.
15:00-15:30, Round-table on Electronic Data Cataloging, Computing and Information Services
15:30-16:00, Coffee

Theme 3: New Analysis Tools and Applications

16:00-16:30, Richard Crutcher, National Center for Supercomputing Applications and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Scientific visualization.
16:30-17:00, Maria Concetta Maccarone, IFCAI, Palermo. The AirWatch/OWL space mission: use of information from heterogeneous distributed data bases.
17:00-17:30, Giovanni Aloisio, University of Lecce. The use of computational grids for a dynamic Earth observation system.
19:00, Workshop dinner.

Tuesday 21 September 1999

Theme 4: Other Related Initiatives

09:00-09:15, Ian Butterworth, Imperial College London and Academia Europaea. The "High Bandwith for European Education and Research (HiBEER)" ESF Exploratory Workshop, November 1999.
09:15-09:30, Paul David, Oxford University and Stanford University. "Building the virtual 'House of Salomon': Digital collaboration technologies, the organisation of scientific work and the economics of knowledge access", ESF Exploratory Workshop, December 1999.

Theme 3 (continuation): New Analysis Tools and Applications

09:30-10:00, Fionn Murtagh, Queen's University of Belfast. Multiple resolution technologies for data and information.
10:00-10:30, Rafael Molina, University of Granada. Current trends in image modelling and analysis.
10:30-11:00, Coffee
11:00-11:30, Wolfgang Mueller, Interactive Graphics Systems Group, Darmstadt University of Technology. Scientific visualization and data mining.
11:30-12:30, Round-table on New Analysis Tools and Applications
12:30-14:00, Buffet lunch.

Theme 5: Publishing and the Future of Scientific Work

14:00-14:30, Ekkehard Mochmann, Director, Zentralarchiv für Empirische Sozialforschung, Cologne. ZA-EUROLAB: A Virtual Observatory for Comparative Social Research.
14:30-15:00, Peter Boyce, American Astronomical Society. Current trends in scientific publishing.
15:00-15:30, Round-table on Publishing and the Future of Scientific Work.
15:30-16:00, Coffee, and Concluding Discussion: Where is the Virtual Observatory Taking Us?