The German Astrophysical Virtual Observatory (GAVO) is the German contribution to the IVOA (International Virtual Observatory Association), the international effort to create and expand the Virtual Observatory (VO).
The goals of the Virtual Observatory are
This huge programme is tackled under the auspices of the IVOA, which is formed by the various national VO organizations. These organizations run services and cooperate in IVOA to develop standards that let services in the VO talk to each other and to programs and libraries used by both astronomers and the general public. For Germany, these efforts are organized within GAVO.
Although certainly still in the process of being built, the VO is very much a reality. Thousands of "resources" (in VO speak this word means "something useful"), from the smallest catalog on VizieR to the large archive of SDSS, are waiting to be discovered and used - by you!
For more information, please have a look at GAVO.
Projects at Tübingen
In the framework of the GAVO project, we have developed the following services and tools: