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The organization and management of the Virtual Astronomical Observatory
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The U.S. Virtual Astronomical Observatory (VAO http://www.us-vao.org/) has been in operation since May 2010. Its goal is to enable new science through efficient integration of distributed multi-wavelength data. This paper describes the management and organization of the VAO, and emphasizes the techniques used to ensure efficiency in a distributed organization. Management methods include using an annual program plan as the basis for establishing contracts with member organizations, regular communication, and monitoring of processes.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 September 2012
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 8449, Modeling, Systems Engineering, and Project Management for Astronomy V, 84490H (25 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.926605
Show Author Affiliations
G. Bruce Berriman, Infrared Processing and Analysis Ctr., California Institute of Technology (United States)
Robert J. Hanisch, U.S. Virtual Astronomical Observatory (United States)
Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
T. Joseph W. Lazio, Jet Propulsion Lab., California Institute of Technology (United States)
Alexander Szalay, The Johns Hopkins Univ. (United States)
Giuseppina Fabbiano, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8449:
Modeling, Systems Engineering, and Project Management for Astronomy V
George Z. Angeli; Philippe Dierickx, Editor(s)

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