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Progress Report (0709-0801)

During the last few months, the first scientific paper appeared from the China-VO group. Using VO-DAS (VO Data Access Service), Dr. Chao LIU and his colleagues searched Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) DR5 photometric data with 120d< α < 270d, 25d < δ < 70d for new Milky Way companions or substructures in the Galactic halo. Five candidates were identified as over dense faint stellar sources that have color-magnitude diagrams similar to those of known globular clusters, or dwarf spheroidal galaxies.

FitHAS 1.2 released

FitHAS is an easy-to-use assistant tool for FITS header archiving, which is developed by Chinese Virtual Observatory (China-VO) team and IBM Center of Tianjin University. The tool provides graphic interface and wizard guiding an archive manager or data provider to extract header information from one or more FITS files (*.fit, *.fits, *.fit.gz, *.fits.gz) and import it to a table.
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The 2007 Spring IVOA Interop Meeting was held successfully

The 2007 Spring IVOA Interop Meeting was held successfully in Beijing, more information is available here.

Funding for VO-DAS

Following the 270,000 RMB (~ 34,000 USD) NSFC funding for SkyMouse R&D, another small piece of NSFC funding was granted to China-VO team. The term of the new funding is 3 years with a total number of 240,000 RMB (~30,000 USD). The funding will be mainly used on research and development of VO-DAS.

New grant for the China-VO approved

The China-VO group got good news this month when SkyMouse received critical government funding. A three-year, RMB270,000 award to the China-VO team is announced by the National Science Foundation China recently. The funding will provide strong support to the development of SkyMouse system.

China-VO 2005 was held successfully

Chinese Virtual Observatory annual meeting for the year (China-VO 2005) was held successfully at Shandong University at Weihai from November 25th to 27th. About 30 representatives from National Astronomical Observatories, Beijing Normal Univ., Central China Normal Univ., CNIC CAS, Tianjin Univ., Yunnan Univ. and Shandong Univ. at Weihai, attended the meeting. 20 talks were presented on all VO related fields, esp. on China-VO R&D. All related materials about the meeting including slides, pictures and other documents will be available at the meeting website soon.

VOTable2XHTML, from VOTable to XHTML

VOTable2XHTML 2.0 is now available for download. VOTable2HTML is an XSLT stylesheet that can be used to transform a VOTable file into XHTML file. For more details, please visit:

VOFilter 2.0, OpenOffice 2.0 and VOTable 1.1 supported

VOFilter 2.0 is now available for download. VOFilter is an XML filter for OpenOffice Calc developed by the China-VO project. Using the filter, you can open VOTable files, edit and analyze them with OpenOffice Calc. VOFilter a fully integrated application, you need not know anything about JAVA and XML programming skills. In the new version, VOTable 1.1 and the latest OpenDocument 1.0 file format are supported. JRE version dependence problem in previous version is fixed. To download the package and learn more about it, please visit our webpage at:

BATC catalogs available at CDS

With the help of China-VO, BATC catalogs are available now at the CDS system, both in FTP categories and VizieR database. It is probably the largest dataset so far that our Chinese astronomers contribute to the international community.