A number of Australian astronomical survey datasets have been identified as preliminary contributors to Aus-VO.
In the spirit of other virtual observatory endeavours, each dataset will be prepared for Aus-VO by scientists who are expert in handling the data. These are the people best-placed to fully describe the data and provide rich interfaces for its access. In practice, this means the astronomers who acquired or archived the data will arrange its import into virtual observatory compliant form.
Aus-VO itself will be a loose coupling of the contributors, and in the early phase of the project will be charged with coordinating the initial archive-based projects, and with developing sophisticated and wide-ranging science test cases for consideration in future phases of the project.


The RAVE Survey is a new multinational venture that aims to measure the radial velocities and metallicities of a very large number of stars in the solar neighbourhood.

Remote Visualisation System

The Remote Visualisation System (RVS) is to be a software system that allows remote visualisation and analysis of astronomical datasets. It is under initial prototyping and development at the CSIRO's Australia Telescope National Facility.

AA Grid Demo 2003

The distributed volume renderer (dvr) software, available on the software page, is a tool for rendering large volumetric data sets using the combined memory and processing resources of Beowulf-style clusters.


The 2QZ is a survey of over 22,000 spectroscopically identified QSOs using the 2-degree field (2dF) instrument at the AAT. The survey was carried out over the period 1997-2002.

Machine Learning for Source Matching

A major function of the Virtual Observatory will be the ability to match up data on the same objects from disparate archive sources. A classic example is the task of finding optical counterparts to radio sources. Traditionally this has been done with simple statistical methods.

MACHO Archive

The MACHO project (Massive Compact Halo Objects) ran from June 1992 to December 1999, during which over 100,000 two-colour images were taken with the 50-inch Mount Stromlo Great Melbourne Telescope. These images yeilded light curves in two colours for over eight million stars in the Large Magellanic Cloud, and over ten million in the bulge of the Milky Way.

ATCA Archive

The Australia Telescope Compact Array (ATCA) is an aperture synthesis radiotelescope in north-west New South Wales. The array has been operated as part of the CSIRO's Australia Telescope National Facility (which also includes the Parkes 64m radiotelescope) since 1990.

HIPASS Project

The HI Parkes All Sky Survey (HIPASS) is a survey for neutral atomic Hydrogen over the entire sky south of declination +25 degrees. HIPASS was accomplished with the Parkes 64m radiotelescope, operated by the CSIRO's Australia Telescope National Facility and comprises more than one terabyte of raw data acquired between 1997 and 2002.