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  Information - US4 Better, or best, practices for Virtual Observatories and Distributed Data Systems

Event Information
It is now at least 5 years since the virtual observatory (VO) paradigm
appeared and about 15 years since distributed data systems (DDS) started
appearing. These efforts have produced numerous successes, failures,
lessons, new concepts, new designs, and copious experience with changing
technologies. Science communities (especially Geosciences) and agencies
stand ready to utilize these concepts to their fullest extent in meeting
the challenging explosion of data from instruments and models in the
present and next decade.

Motivated by the eGY, this Programme solicits contributions from those
involved in VOs and DDS
at all levels: science and eduction users, designers/architects, developers,
and data providers to contribute their experiences under the theme of
emerging better and where appropriate best practices.

Some possible outcomes of this session may be:
- Are VOs (or an analog paradigm in fields where 'observatories' are not
the usual construct) changing or ready to change the way our communities
perform sicence on ever increasing amounts and diversity of data?
- What have we learned in developing and deploying distributed data
systems and virtual observatories?
- How can educators make use of VOs and DDSs that were designed for
experts to use? How will knowledge representation technology help
- How can proper attribution of sources of data be made and tracked
in a data-world that is increasingly 'virtual'?
- Clarifying the role semantics (ontologies, knowledge representation)
may play in developing search and access systems and how these
capabilities may change the way our communities develop interdisciplinary
and diverse science applications.

Both Oral and Poster contributions are sought from a wide variety of
disciplines. Contributions that span disciplines and/or focus on
significant experience and lessons learned in DDS/VOs, grid-based
systems, ontologies, and/or education and outreach applications are
particularly encouraged.

Preliminary List of Solicited Speakers


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