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  • Recap 2010-2011 I have been thinking about the progress of our User Group over the past year -- a transition from virtual observatory to online astronomy -- and contemplating the kinds of changes we ...
    Posted Jun 15, 2011, 8:51 AM by August Muench
  • Data / Literature Connections I was invited to give a presentation as part of a special session  at the 218 AAS meeting in Boston on connections between the scientific literature and publishing the data ...
    Posted May 30, 2011, 8:05 PM by August Muench
  • Next User Group Meeting: Publishing data online The topic of our next user group meeting (May 31, Phillips Auditorium) is a one hour presentation on "how to publish your data." This topic picks up on a very ...
    Posted May 18, 2011, 8:24 AM by August Muench
  • Online Astronomy Archive Query Tools Many of you ask me for a list of the websites or tools that we talked about during one of our monthly meetings. What I've done is to recap ...
    Posted Apr 29, 2011, 12:43 PM by August Muench
  • Querying Archives: death to web forms? Have you ever noticed that data archives use uniformly complicated web forms for enabling searches of their data? Do you use all that functionality?  And have you ever wondered if ...
    Posted Apr 20, 2011, 11:49 AM by August Muench
  • Research Blogs, Forums and Q&A websites Our January 25, 2011 meeting topic will be "Research Blogs, Forums and Q&A websites."  We will hold an open discussion on how everyone uses these tools in their everyday ...
    Posted Jan 23, 2011, 9:11 PM by August Muench
  • Expo of Online Astronomy tools (aka, a VO expo) We are holding our "VO Expo" tomorrow morning (1 Dec, 9am-noon) in Phillips Auditorium.  We will be covering the role of the CfA VO User group for scientists (and ...
    Posted Dec 15, 2010, 9:34 AM by August Muench
  • ADASS Day 1: A new portal, new Aladin features Monday was the first full day of the Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems 2010 meeting. As there are new tools being presented and demo'd, I'm going to ...
    Posted Nov 9, 2010, 7:09 PM by August Muench
  • ADASS Day 2: iGoogle for Astronomy? Andy Connolly gave a talk on the current status of their NASA AIRSP funded project for creating, federating and sharing simple "gadgets" or "widgets" for accessing online resources and performing ...
    Posted Nov 9, 2010, 8:03 PM by August Muench
  • Summary of VO Web apps and portals Our user group meeting reviewing web applications and portals in the virtual observatory can be summarized by saying that some tools work, some work but could benefit from some re ...
    Posted Nov 4, 2010, 11:36 AM by August Muench
  • YouTube "Online Astronomy" Channel At our meeting on web applications and portals one user made mention of videos and screencasts as possible tools for distributing tutorials and examples.  Well, Alyssa Goodman has a YouTube ...
    Posted Nov 3, 2010, 12:59 PM by August Muench
  • Web apps and portals Have you ever wanted to browse to a website and quickly download all the (networked) data for a particular place on the sky? Wanted to upload your images to a ...
    Posted Oct 28, 2010, 1:16 PM by August Muench
  • Supplemental Data in Papers Related to our group's discussions about data publishing is the issue of publishing data/images/spectra or similar in a journal article. Journals present those data in different ways ...
    Posted Aug 19, 2010, 11:56 AM by August Muench
  • Tool Time: Galaxy Zoo Introducing VO "Tool Time!"A "Tool time" is an informal "meetup"  where we bring our laptops and collaboratively analyze a set of data using a suite of VO tools.  The ...
    Posted Aug 9, 2010, 7:54 AM by August Muench
  • August 2010 News & Updates A mid-summer update...Galaxy Zoo While summer has been a bit of a break for the group, I would like to follow up on an interest expressed after the ...
    Posted Aug 2, 2010, 7:33 AM by August Muench
  • Recap: June 2010 Mini-workshop The June 2010 meeting of the CfA VO Users Group consisted of a mini-workshop on "tools" for performing astronomical research with networked tools.  It was limited to 2 hours ...
    Posted Jun 30, 2010, 7:52 AM by August Muench
  • June 2010 Mini-workshop Update Our next VO Users group meeting is tomorrow and we will be having a mini-workshop on using different kinds of tools. Below I offer a few words on the ...
    Posted Jun 23, 2010, 8:21 AM by August Muench
  • June 2010 Mini-workshop on tools Our next meeting is a mini-workshop on tools for working with online data and/or VO resources and is now scheduled for Thursday, June 24,10am-noon, Pratt Conference ...
    Posted Jun 10, 2010, 8:41 AM by August Muench
  • Updates: Presentations; Resources Some news and site updates:News:We are planning a "fun" hands-on mini workshop on VO Tools for our June 2010 meeting. Date/Time are tbd.Updates:Presentations: The ...
    Posted May 21, 2010, 10:41 AM by August Muench
  • More on NSF data management... Since the ScienceInsider article, NSF has since issued a press release about requiring data management plans as part of all NSF funding proposals starting in October 2010:"This is the ...
    Posted May 12, 2010, 12:23 PM by August Muench
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