AstroGrid Project Meeting #13:
Preparing for an operational VO

13-14 December 2007, Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Leicester

Meeting Theme

Preparing for an operational VO

Agenda and Presentations

All speakers - please either upload your presentations directly to this page, or email to

Thu 13 Dec 2007 (all in room F10/11)
Time Title Presentation Speaker Comments
10:00 Coffee
10:30 Welcome & Meeting Goals   AndyLawrence  
10.40 State of the AstroGrid & The Long Term Plan for AG3 Lifetime Project Plan, Deployment Plan AndyLawrence  
11.10 Science Opportunities with AstroGrid pdf NicholasWalton  
11.40 IVOA report pdf KeithNoddle  
12.00 The Technical Status of AstroGrid pdf GuyRixon  
12.30 Setting the Scene: From Development to Operations: The Ag3-Cycle 1 plan pdf KeithNoddle  
13:00 LUNCH
14:00 Introduction   AndyLawrence  
14.10 The VO Desktop User Product pdf NicholasWalton  
14.30 Beta to Full Service Transition: Introduction pdf KeithNoddle  
14:40 Science & Technical User Support pdf NicholasWalton  
15:10 Central Services: Registry ppt, pdf KevinBenson  
15.30 COFFEE
16.00 Central Services: Community pdf GuyRixon  
16.15 Central Services: VOSpace pdf KeithNoddle  
16.30 Core Services: DSA   KonaAndrews  
16.45 Core Services: ADQL   JeffLusted  
17.00 End Day One
Fri 14 Dec 2007
Time Title Presentation Speaker Comments
09.30 Summary of Day-1   AndyLawrence F10/11
09.40 Breakout Plan C1 Plan Outline KeithNoddle F10/11
09.50 Breakout Sessions (1) F10/11, B5, Seminar P/Q
  Breakout One : Breakout Two : Breakout Three  
11.00 COFFEE
11.30 Breakout Sessions (2) F10/11, B5, Seminar P/Q
13.00 LUNCH
14.00 Breakout Sessions (3) F10/11, B5, Seminar P/Q
15.30 C1 Plan KeithNoddle F10/11
16.00 COFFEE and CLOSE



The meeting will be held at the University of Leicester in the top rated Department of Physics and Astronomy. Most of you will have already been there but travel info can be found on the university web site:

The rooms available for our use are:

  • F10/11: Thu & Fri
  • B5: Fri only
  • seminar rooms P & Q: Fri only
We'll put up signs pointing to all these rooms.

Wireless Internet Access

Wireless access will be available in all the rooms used.


Rosemary Danson [] will arrange your accomodation for you if you wish. Please email her with your requirements.

Meeting Dinner on Thursday 13th

The meeting dinner will be held at 8pm on Thursday 13th December upstairs at The Tiffin. This local award-winning Indian restaurant is located at the corner of London Road and De Montfort Street (LE1 7GE, tel 0116 247 0420) almost opposite the Leicester train station and is 10 mins walk from campus, very close to the Belmont (1 min) and not far (easy walk) from Ibis and Spindle Lodge. It is a short walk from the Marquis of Wellington pub on London Road for those wishing to meet for a drink beforehand. Vegetarian options are included in the set menu.

Local Hotels

Hotel Address Tel/Fax Email Website Room Rates (incl breakfast) Car Parking? Credit Cards Accepted? Distance to University
Stoneycroft Hotel 5-7 Elmfield Rd,
Stoneygate Leicester LE2 1RB
0116 270 7605 (Tel)
0116 270 6067 (Fax)
--- 44.00 Single
59.00 Double
Yes Yes Under 1 mile (10-15 mins walk)
Spindle Lodge 2 West Walk Leicester LE1 7NA 0116 233 8801 (Tel)
0116 233 8804 (Fax) 49.00 Single
67.00 Twin/Double
Yes Yes 10 mins walk
The Regency Hotel 360 London Road,
Leicester LE2 2PL
0116 270 9634 (Tel)
0116 270 1375 (Fax) 49.00 Single
67.00 Double
Yes Yes 20-25 mins walk
Ibis Leicester St George’s Way,
Constitution Hill,
Leicester LE1 1PL
0116 248 7200 (Tel)
0116 262 0880 (Fax) 58.00 Room Only
5.25 breakfast
Limited Yes 20-25 mins walk (5 mins drive)
Best Western Belmont House Hotel De Montfort St,
Leicester LE1 7GR
0116 254 4773 (Tel)
0116 247 0804 (Fax) 78.00 Single
99.00 Double
(quote ‘AstroGrid Consortium Mtg’)
Yes Yes 10 mins walk
Express by Holiday Inn Leicester – Walkers Stadium Filbert Way,
Raw Dykes Rd,
Leicester LE2 7FQ
0116 249 4590 (Tel)
0116 249 4591 (Fax) 79.00 Standard Yes Yes Approx 2 miles (5-10 mins drive; too far to walk)

Our suggestions for reasonably OK hotels would be Regency, Belmont or Ibis. Have no knowledge (good or bad) of Spindle Lodge which is otherwise very convenient.

Or you could try Google.


Coffee/tea/biccies and buffet lunch will be provided in F10/11 at the times indicated.


Please edit yourself into the table below if you intend to attend the meeting, and indicate whether you wish to attend the meeting dinner, and where you are staying.

Name Institute Dinner Car? Accommodation Notes
TonyLinde Leicester Yes Yes n/a  
ElizabethAuden MSSL Yes No Spindle Lodge  
GaryGilchrist Leicester Yes No n/a  
JonathanTedds Leicester Yes No n/a  
PeterAllan RAL Yes Yes Stonycroft  
MarkHolliman ROE Yes No Spindle Lodge  
DaveMorris IoA Yes No Stonycroft  
MikeWatson Leicester Yes No n/a  
MarkTaylor Bristol Yes No Ibis  
NicholasWalton Cambridge No Yes No  
AndyLawrence Edinburgh Yes No Watson Towers  
KonaAndrews Edinburgh Yes No Ibis  
SilviaDalla UCLan Yes No Ibis  
JeffLusted Leicester Yes Yes n/a  
KeithNoddle Leicester Yes Yes n/a  
KevinBenson Leicester Yes Yes Stoneycroft  
PaulHarrison JBCA Yes no Spindle Lodge  
GuyRixon Cambridge Yes Yes Regency  
RichardMcMahon Cambridge Yes Yes tbd  
NormanGray Leicester Yes No Spindle Lodge  
AnitaRichards JBCA No No None (Friday only)  
AntHolloway JBCA No Yes n/a 13th Only
EduardoGonzalez Cambridge No No n/a  
PaulOBrien Leicester No No n/a 13th am only
DuganWitherick UCL Yes No The Stoneycroft Hotel  
Bob Warwick Leicester No No n/a 13th am only


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