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Paper: Smart Images in a Web 2.0 World: The Virtual Astronomy Multimedia Project (VAMP)
Volume: 389, EPO and a Changing World: Creating Linkages and Expanding Partnerships
Page: 85
Authors: Hurt, R.L.; Christensen, L.L.; Gauthier, A.; Wyatt, R.
Abstract: High quality astronomical images, accompanied by rich caption and background information, abound on the web and yet are notoriously difficult to locate efficiently using common search engines. “Flat” searches can return dozens of hits for a single popular image but miss equally important related images from other observatories. The Virtual Astronomy Multimedia Project (VAMP) is developing the architecture for an online index of astronomical imagery and video that will simplify access and provide a service around which innovative applications can be developed (e.g. digital planetariums). Current progress includes design prototyping around existing Astronomy Visualization Metadata (AVM) standards. Growing VAMP partnerships include a cross-section of observatories, data centers, and planetariums.
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