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About the VOEventNet Project

Project Description
Exploration of transient sources represents one of the last frontiers in modern astrophysics. The development of a comprehensive understanding of a new event requires real-time observation with multiple instruments. Yet while telescope facilities continue to ramp up to unprecedented data rates, there has been no concerted effort to ensure real-time communications of astronomical events. A federated response must be enabled to push transient astrophysics ahead in the 21st century. VOEventNet will be a driving force for a rapidly growing new area of astronomical inquiry, eventually serving as a transparent backbone to enable pan-facility communication. Read more in the Project Description

VOEvent as a Standard
VOEvent is an International standard, having reached the Recommendation status from the International Virtual Observatory Alliance (IVOA). This means that many people have examined and approved the standard, and the specification and schema are now to be considered an international standard. code and networks that use VOEvent without fear of arbitrary changes. See the IVOA VOEvent Pages

The VOEventNet Team

Principal Investigator: Roy Williams, California Institute of Technology

Co-Investigators: Joshua Bloom, University of California, Berkeley
S. George Djorgovski, California Institute of Technology
Shri Kulkarni, California Institute of Technology
W. Thomas Vestrand, Los Alamos National Laboratory

Project Manager: Matthew Graham, California Institute of Technology

Senior Personnel: Andrew Drake, Derek Fox, Ashish Mahabal, California Institute of Technology
Rob Seaman, National Optical Astronomy Observatories
Przemek Wozniak, Los Alamos National Laboratory

Support/Webmaster: Sarah Emery Bunn, California Institute of Technology

Please email voeventnet-project at cacr.caltech.edu with questions or comments.



VOEventNet is sponsored by NSF Grant No. CNS-0540369 and includes collaborators
at Caltech, UC Berkeley, LANL, and NOAO.