European Data Provider Forum
and Training Event 2016

Heidelberg, Germany, June 15 / 16, 2016

EDP F & T 2016 group picture

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Purpose and goals

The ASTERICS project is organising the European Data Provider Forum and Training Event at the Zentrum für Astronomie at Heidelberg University, Germany.

This workshop will gather researchers and technicians on the topic of on-line publishing of astronomical data and services. It will offer an opportunity to identify common challenges and problems, to exchange solutions, and to share perspectives.

ASTERICS (Astronomy ESFRI & Research Infrastructure Cluster) is an EU Horizon 2020 project that targets the common challenges shared by several astronomy ESFRI (European Strategy Forum for Research Infrastructures) facilities, namely CTA, LOFAR / SKA, KM3Net, EGO / VIRGO / ET, and E-ELT. This workshop is part of ASTERICS work package 4 DADI (Data Access, Discovery and Interoperability), aiming to support broad accessibility and effective archiving in data centres based on the Virtual Observatory framework.

Call for contributions

We invite contributions from the full range of astronomy data publishers including big institutions with large managed archives, medium and small institutions, and also data producing projects. Part of the workshop will be dedicated to ESFRI projects participating in the ASTERICS WP4 project, together with associate partners ESA and ESO. The fields in which we would like to see a lively exchange include:

  • current challenges in data publication
  • publication tools, libraries, and techniques
  • developments to facilitate data exploitation by astronomers
  • use and adoption of Virtual Observatory standards.
While we are open regarding the format and extent of your contribution, we suggest aiming for oral contributions of 15 minutes each where possible.

Please send in your contribution, i. e., the title together with a short abstract, by e-mail.

Workshop on data publication

Back to back to the event, we will hold a workshop on data publication using VO tools on June 17. Participants considering the use of VO publishing toolkits (experts in several of these are going to be present) are requested to note their interest with a brief description of the data they want to publish with the registration or by e-mail.

Financial support

Neither the European Data Provider Forum nor the accompanying workshop on data publication impose a registration fee. Limited travel support is available, in particular for smaller data publishers. For details, please contact Markus Nullmeier (

Scientific and technical organising committee

  • Mark Allen, CDS, Strasbourg, France
  • Catherine Boisson, OBSPM, Paris, France
  • Eric Chassande-Mottin, CNRS-APC, Paris, France
  • Paschal Coyle, CPPM, Marseille, France
  • Markus Demleitner, GAVO, Heidelberg, Germany
  • Marco Molinaro, INAF-OATs, Trieste, Italy
  • Keith Noddle, WFAU, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Enrique Solano, CAB(INTA-CSIC) SVO, Madrid, Spain
  • Joachim Wambsganß, GAVO, Heidelberg, Germany
  • Michael Wise, ASTRON, Dwingeloo, The Netherlands

Local organising committee

  • Markus Nullmeier
  • Hendrik Heinl


Please register on-line here.


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