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Enabling Virtual Access to Latin-America Southern Observatories (Posibilitando el Acceso Virtual a los Observatorios Sudamericanos) - EVALSO

Enabling Virtual Access to Latin-America Southern Observatories (Posibilitando el Acceso Virtual a los Observatorios Sudamericanos) - EVALSO

Began: November 4th 2010
Finished: June 30th 2011
Funding: EC - FP7 
Website: http://www.evalso.eu/evalso/
General objective: To allow virtual access to observatories in Latin America. World-class experimental facilities are usually located in remote places, which makes their exploitation socially and economically difficult. The European research community depends on such facilities to fulfil its role and here is where advanced network technologies can play a prevailing role. This project will make use of existing standards whenever possible. 

Participants: Università di Trieste (Italy) – coordinator, ESO, GARR (Italy), Nederlandse Onderzoekschool voor Astronomie, INAF – Osservatorio Astronomico di Trieste, Queen Mary University of London, Latin American Cooperation of Advanced Networks (CLARA). National University Network (REUNA - Chile), Astronomisches Institut Ruhr-Universität Bochum.

The project's role is to enabling Virtual Access to Latin-America Southern Observatories. World-class experimental facilities are often placed in remote sites which makes the exploitation of these facilities socially and economically difficult. European research community depends on these facilities to maintain its role and in this light networking technologies can play a significant role. This project will use existing standards when applicable.

Work plan outline:
  • Enhance the infrastructure in Chile
  • Enabling step for the whole project
  • Fast data access
  • Make data available in Europe in a matter of hours
  • Virtual Presence
  • Allow people to really interact without the need of a long trip
  • New Observing Modes
  • Apply all the above to Observing Activities