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Virtual observatories

The concept of the Virtual Observatory (VObs) is that all the world's data should feel like it sits on the astronomer's desk top, analysable with a user selected workbench of tools, made available through a standard interface. Internationally this is set to transform and re-structure the way astronomy is done. AstroGrid was a 7.7M project aimed at building a data-grid for UK astronomy, which formed the UK contribution to a global Virtual Observatory. AstroGrid software and services are used by astronomers throughout the world.

Wide Field Astronomy Unit

The Wide Field Astronomy Unit is a separate unit within the Institute for Astronomy. Its principal tasks are to provide queryable survey archives to the astronomical community and to contribute to the technical development of survey-astronomy related projects.

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