Coordination Action for the integration of

Solar System Infrastructures and Science

Community Coordination – Standards

Standards Bodies – IVOA and IPDA

The International Virtual Observatory Alliance (IVOA) has until recently been very orientated towards astrophysics. As the source of many useful standards, the HELIO and Europlanet RI projects have looked to the IVOA for ideas and techniques when determining ways of addressing a number of problems.

The International Planetary Data Alliance (IPDA) is more involved in data than in general standards. It is drawing up the Planetary Data Access Protocol (PDAP) that it is hoped will eventually be the basis used for access to all archives of planetary data.

Both organizations are clearly relevant to what CASSIS is trying to do and through HELIO and Europlanet RI we have links with both of them. The three projects involved in CASSIS have worked with the IVOA and IPDA to try to ensure al activities are coordinated with those of the communities.

  • The current status of PDAP was discussed with people involved with the IPDA at a number of meetings (EPSC 2011, AGU 2011 and a Europlanet RI IDIS meeting). Progress is being made, but very slowly. NASA/JPL were openly encouraging us to press ESA on the issue; ESA/ESAC being the main proponent of PDAP.
  • Kevin Benson (UCL-MSSL) attended the IVOA Interoperability Meeting held in Urbana IL, US, 21-25 May 2012. He reported on work done within the HELIO project and discussed general interoperability issues between heliophysics and astrophysics.
  • At the EPSC meeting on 23-28 September 2012 in Madrid, discussion took place with representatives from ESA/ESAC who are heavily involved in both the IVOA and IPDA.



Deliv. No. Deliverable Name
  Report summarizing changes to recommendations by the IVOA



Coordination Activities

CC Meetings

CESRA Workshop
La Roche en Ardenne,

EAST Workshop
Tatranska Lomnica,

ESWW 2010
Bruges, Belgium

ESWW 2011
Namur, Belgium

ESWW 2012
Brussels, Belgium

ESWW 2013
Antwerp, Belgium

Athens, Greece

Science Operations
Madrid, Spain  




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