Toward a National Virtual Observatory: Science Goals, Technical Challanges, and Implementation Plan [article]

NVO Interim Steering Committee
2001 arXiv   pre-print
The National Academy of Science Astronomy and Astrophysics Survey Committee, in its new Decadal survey entitled Astronomy and Astrophysics in the New Millennium, recommends, as a first priority, the establishment of a National Virtual Observatory. The NVO would link the archival data sets of space- and ground-based observatories, the catalogs of multi-wavelength surveys, and the computational resources necessary to support comparison and cross-correlation among these resources. This White Paper
more » ... describes the scientific opportunities and technical challenges of an NVO, and lays out an implementation strategy aimed at realizing the goals of the NVO in cost-effective manner. The NVO will depend on inter-agency cooperation, distributed development, and distributed operations. It will challenge the astronomical community, yet provide new opportunities for scientific discovery that were unimaginable just a few years ago.
arXiv:astro-ph/0108115v1 fatcat:a2zohpvcr5gafb3je2ut54ysey