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  • VAO Closeout Repository As previously reported here, funding for the VAO project will discontinue on October 1, 2014. The project closeout plan included a directive from NSF and NASA to make code and digital assets available to the community. All of these assets are available...
  • VAO Software Release: Data Discovery Tool (version 1.7) The VAO has released a new version of the Data Discovery Tool (v1.7) on August 25, 2014. With this tool you can find datasets from thousands of astronomical collections known to the VO and over wide areas of the sky. This includes thousa...
  • Summary Report of the VAO Close­‐Out Review The goal of the VAO Close-Out Review was to assess the status of all technical deliverables of the project, understand the curation of project assets and their transfer to the NASA data centers and other organizations, and to review the overall budgetary ...
  • Montage BSD 3-Clause License   The Montage Image Mosaic Engine has been released under a a BSD 3-Clause License, which permits unlimited redistribution of Montage code for any purpose as long as its copyright notices and the license's disclaimers of warranty are included....
  • IVOA Newsletter 012 - May 2014 The May 2014 issue of the IVOA Newsletter is now available at http://ivoa.net/newsletter/012/. This biannual newsletter for astronomers is intended to highlight new capabilities of VO tools and technologies for doing astronomy research. It also lists r...
  • VO Client Release - Access the VO from Your Desktop The US Virtual Astronomical Observatory (VAO) has released VOClient - a software package that enables direct access to services in the VO from a Unix terminal or scripting environment. The VOClient command-line tools allow you to discover ar...
  • Aladin v8 The Strasbourg Astronomical Data Center has announced an update to the interactive software sky atlas, Aladin (version 8). Aladin version 8 improvements mainly address global all sky features: Hierarchical Progressive Survey tools (HiPS) and Multi-Orde...
  • Comet VOEvent Implementation Update Version 1.1.0 of Comet has been released. Comet is a Python implementation of the IVOA VOEvent Transport Protocol. Comet is capable of receiving events either by subscribing to one or more remote brokers or by direct connection from authors, and can then ...
  • CASSIS Spectrum Analyzer Update The Research Institute in Astrophysics and Planetology (IRAP) has released a new version of CASSIS (3.5), software for the visualization, inspection, and analysis of spectral data. You can download the latest version from the CASSIS installation pa...
  • VisIVO Contest 2014 This competition is an international call to use technologies provided by the VisIVO Science Gateway to produce images and movies from multi-dimensional datasets coming either from observations or numerical simulations. The competition i...