IAU C55: Public Outreach Information Management Working Group
IAU Division C Commission 55
Communicating Astronomy With The Public
Pedro Russo, Lars Lindberg Christensen and WG Members
VAMP provides developers tools for simple, standard access to outreach
imagery and media from a variety of sources, thus encouraging the
creation of the cutting edge applications that today‘s technological
Outcome: Astronomy Visualization Metadata Standard
To act as a facilitator enabling the small outreach information
management community to gather around a common technical
framework optimizing the synergy in the community.
• Describe one possible standard for EPO content management
• Decide on standards for astronomy EPO products metadata.
• Write a CAPj article.
• Bringing the major players in EPO information management
together in an informal network.
• Arrange the ﬁrst workshop for this network.
1st Workshop on Public Outreach Information Management in
ESO, 27 and 28 March 2013
Agenda, presentations and summary: http://goo.gl/b60Yf4
•Content Manager Experience
•Developers’ forum: "hack" solutions to merge code, develop new ideas, unite code base, open
•Managers’ forum: develop managerial concepts and grow synergies, address resource issues
•Content maintainers’ forum: Editing, etc
Standards for EPO content management systems
(including EPO products)
Connecting the target groups (public, media ...) with the subject matter (astronomy... ) in the most direct and
eﬃcient way taken the requirements on both side into consideration.
• Astronomy Visualization Metadata Standard (VAMP)
Text standards (a coherent template for astronomy press releases? )
A standard CMS?
• visually appealing
Strong link with other digital outlets (WWTelescope, Planetarium systems...)