Following this meeting the data centres involved in wide field imaging including NOVA (NL), Capodimonte (I), Terapix (F), the Universitäts-Sternwarte Munchen (D) ESO (international), VISTA and WFCAM (UK), formed a consortium to provide both hardware and human resources for a European wide-field-imaging initiative. This led to the ASTRO-WISE (Astronomical Wide-Field Survey System for Europe) project which is co-ordinated by Edwin Valentijn at the Kapteyn Astronomical Institute in Groningen, NL. The Astrowise consortium won EU funding, a contract was agreed and the network became operational on 1 December 2001. Details of this exciting project can be found here
These datasets resulting from this effort will be a vital component of the Astrophysical Virtual Observatory.
John Keith Davies
Astronomy Technology Centre, Blackford Hill, Edinburgh, EH9 3HJ.
tel: 0131 668 8348/ fax: 0131 668 8407
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