What is GAVO?
The German Astrophysical Virtual Observatory (GAVO) is the German contribution to the IVOA (International Virtual Observatory Association), the international effort to create and expand the Virtual Observatory (VO).
Even better, just contact us to have a VO Day at your institute.
What do we do?
We work with colleagues from many countries to develop standards. This happens partly on mailing lists that the interested public is cordially invited to join, partly during semiannual conferences, the Interops. Again, if you are into software development in astronomy, you are welcome to attend an Interop.
Based on this expertise, we provide data publishing consulting and, as required, infrastructure to the German astronomical community.
Of course, we also do outreach – teaching VO techniques, consulting on data management and data publication, and the like. As mentioned above, we do house calls, but we also offer Tutorials for self-study and have booth and splinters at the meetings of the Astronomische Gesellschaft.
Finally, we will gladly assist you in publishing your data to the VO. Just contact the friendly data center staff ; if you want, you can also talk to us at 06221/541837 (Markus Demleitner).
Who are we?
GAVO started out as a project funded as part of the German Ministry of Research (BMBF)'s Verbundforschung program. These days, people working within GAVO have several funding sources. As of 2017, these include the BMBF's e-inf-astro project, the EU ASTERICS project, the Gaia DPAC consortium, and DFG's SFB 881.
If you are working on astronomical software or data services, please join us and take part in our meetings, telecons, and our mailing list. Either mail firstname.lastname@example.org or just head over to the #gavo on the freenode IRC network, where usually some of us can be met.