An ASKAP antenna at the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory. Image Credit: Ant Schinckel, CSIRO.




All Sky Virtual Observatory Workshop

27th February 2013, 10am - 5pm

University House, the Australian National University, 1 Balmain Crescent, Acton ACT 2601



This workshop will present an introduction to a new astronomy resource currently being developed, the All Sky Virtual Observatory (ASVO), and allow the community to provide feedback on its design, features, and functionality. 

This is an opportunity for you to engage directly with the ASVO scientists and developers to help ensure that ASVO meets the needs of the community!

ASVO brings together the following large-scale optical and theoretical datasets: 

  • The SkyMapper Southern Sky Survey data from the SkyMapper telescope, built by ANU, which will be the most detailed and sensitive digitized map of the southern sky at optical wavelengths. ASVO will provide a comprehensive suite of tools and services to support search and retrieval of SkyMapper data. See also About SkyMapper.
  • The Theoretical Astrophysical Observatory (TAO), being developed at Swinburne University of Technology, which will house a growing ensemble of simulations such as Millennium and Bolshoi, and galaxy formation models such as SAGE and Galacticus, with value-add tools including light-cone selection, Spectral Energy Distribution, mock image generation and custom telescope simulators, beginning with SkyMapper. See also About TAO.

This project involves creating data archives, tools and services to maximise the scientific return from these datasets. An aim of this workshop is to align these data products and tools with survey science needs. 

The pilot system is being rolled out during 2013, with the full system to be released in late-2013. ASVO is designed to be flexible and expandable, to provide a platform for incorporating a broad range of datasets in the future, including radio data. Further details about ASVO can be found on the AAL website, the ASVO website and the project blog.



Registration has closed.

Morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea will be provided.


List of registrants




The workshop will be held in the Drawing Room at University House at the Australian National University, 1 Balmain Crescent Acton ACT 2601.



Program & Presentations

Click on the links below to access available presentations


09:45 AM Morning Tea
10:00 AM Welcome, introduction to ASVO, objectives of the workshop Yeshe Fenner (AAL)
10:15 AM NeCTAR perspective Glenn Maloney
10:30 AM Overview of the Theoretical Astrophysical Observatory (TAO) Darren Croton (Swinburne)
10:50 AM Overview of the SkyMapper Southern Sky Survey and the SkyMapper ASVO Node Stefan Keller (RSAA, ANU) & Jon Smillie (NCI)
11:10 AM Demo of TAO, including science use cases Darren Croton (Swinburne) & Alistair Grant (Intersect) & others presenting use cases
11:55 AM Audience feedback on TAO (incl feature requests, performance and output requirements, use cases) Darren Croton (Swinburne)
12:40 PM Lunch
1:30 PM Example science use cases & demo of SkyMapper Node Web UI Stefan Keller (RSAA, ANU), Gary Da Costa, (RSAA, ANU), Michael Childress (RSAA, ANU) & Richard Scalzo (RSAA, ANU) & Cameron Maxwell (Intersect)
2:15 PM Audience feedback on SkyMapper Node (feature requests, performance and output requirements, use cases) Stefan Keller (RSAA, ANU)
3:00 PM Afternoon Tea
3:20 PM Integration of Nodes: example use case and audience suggestions Yeshe Fenner (AAL) & Helmut Jerjen (RSAA, ANU)
3:50 PM IVOA standards Andreas Wicenec (ICRAR)
4:10 PM Data formats for TAO (talk cancelled) Darren Croton (Swinburne)
4:30 PM Overview of NCI role in ASVO Ben Evans (NCI)
4:45 PM Next steps for ASVO Yeshe Fenner (AAL)
5:00 PM Adjourn



Dr Yeshe Fenner
Executive Officer, Astronomy Australia Ltd
Ph: (03) 9214 5520
Email: yeshe [dot] fenner [at]


ASVO is a partnership between the following organisations:





ASVO is sponsored by: