An integrated visualization environment for the virtual observatory: current status and future directions

Eva Sciacca, Ugo Becciani, Alessandro Costa, F. Vitello, P. Massimino, M. Bandieramonte, Mel Krokos, S. Riggi, C. Pistagna, Giuliano Taffoni

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Abstract

Visual exploration and discovery applications are invaluable tools to provide prompt and intuitive insights into the intrinsic data characteristics of modern astronomy and astrophysics datasets. Due to the massively large and highly complex datasets, various technical challenges are involved to reach, e.g. interactivity, integration, navigation and collaboration. This paper describes a number of approaches to address these challenges, and focuses on the current status of VisIVO (Visualization Interface for the Virtual Observatory) concentrating on the provided tools ranging from a desktop application to a science gateway and a mobile application. We emphasize the latest developments made in the context of past and current international European funded projects and highlight planned future developments towards further integration within the framework of the Virtual Observatory.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)146-154
Number of pages9
JournalAstronomy and Computing
Volume11
Issue numberPart B
Early online date30 Jan 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2015

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