!EuroVO-AIDA, Work Package 5: Service activities for higher education and outreach

Contact person: Massimo Ramella (INAF)

NEW! THE AIDA WP5 WEB SITE: wwwas.oats.inaf.it/aidawp5

-- here you can find and download all the updated information and material (software and usecases) developed within the framework of the AIDA WP5 project


Provide and share expertise and material between partners useful for:

  • (1) Higher educational level (university, doc and post doc students)
  • (2) Teacher of the 14-18 years old students (non specialists in astronomy)
  • (3) Generic taxpayer and press

Description of work

  • Identify VObs tools of interest (INAF with other WP5 participants)
  • Adaptation of tools, in particular the production of a lite version of Aladin (with versions in different European languages) (CNRS for the adaptation of Aladin)
  • Identify the required adjustments of the VObs standards and suggest them to WP6-JRA1 (INAF with the other WP5 participants)
  • Identify and list all the outreach material developed by the EuroVO-AIDA partners and encourage the translation of the most interesting ones (INAF with the other WP5 participants)


  • D5.1 (Month 4 - May 2008, INAF with other WP5 participants): Identification of User requirement for the outreach activities:
    • List of VO Tools,
    • Identification of external outreach tools useful for this activity;
    • Assessment of coordination with HOU (Hands-On University) and other EU-funded outreach activities

Templates for EuroVO-AIDA deliverables are available here.


  • Summary of proposed actions (M. Ramella), distributed 8 April 2008
  • Telecon (29 April 2008, Action WP5-SA3 A1): discussion of WP5 project plan
  • Created TWiki pages WP5 Work Programme (08 May 2008)
  • Meeting at the IVOA Interop. Workshop in Trieste (21 May 2008): discussion of lite versions of Aladin and Stellarium/!VirGO
  • First use case for serious amateurs/higher education (06 June 2008)
  • Second and third use case for high school students
  • Italian translation for Aladin
  • Simplification of Aladin interface (beta version is available on http://aladin.u-strasbg.fr)
  • Added new functionalities in Stellarium
  • New uses cases for high school students and teachers
  • Proposed our "test program" to a selected sample of high and middle school classes
  • Proposed our "test program" to a group of amateur astronomers
  • New releases of Aladin, Stellarium and Virgo
  • Started the test program with high schools
  • Started to collect feedback from students and teachers
  • Started translation of use cases and software in other partner's languages
  • Posted the software evaluation form
  • Communication submitted (and accepted) to the European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2009. EGU2009-12972.pdf
  • New beta release of Aladin: direct access to a large set of Press Release images.
  • New release of Stellarium (0.10.1) with many WP5 requiremets implemented.
  • Listof schools participating in the AIDA test program schools.txt
  • Presentation of AIDA WP5 at the workshop "INAF: Public Outreach and Education", Jan 28-29, Milan, Italy didatticaOATS.pdf
  • List of software modifications software_mod.txt
  • Meeting at ESO with Stellarium/VirGO people, Lars Christensen (outreach ESO) and Douglas Pierce-Price (education ESO).
  • Meeting at CDS with Aladin people to work on classification of objects by class
  • New Aladin version now including the sky browser
  • New use cases on distance of M31 and proper motion of the Barnard's star
  • Talk on AIDA WP5 at the EGU (European Geoscience Union) Annual Assembly - Wien
  • Talk on AIDA WP5 at the SAIt (Italian Astonomical Society) Assembly - Pisa (Italy).
  • Dutch translation of the stellarium exercise "The Sky": De Nachtelijke Sterrenhemel and accompanying De Nachtelijke Sterrenhemel powerpoint

WP5 Work Programme

-- GijsVerdoesKleijn - 15 Mar 2010

-- GiuliaIafrate - 04 Feb 2009

-- GiuliaIafrate - 03 Dec 2008

-- MassimoRamella - 09 Jun 2008

-- MathiasDepretz - 22 Julyt. 2010

Topic attachments
I Attachment History Action Size Date Who Comment
Docdoc DeNachtelijkeHemelMetStellarium.doc r1 manage 688.5 K 15 Feb 2010 - 22:06 GijsVerdoesKleijn Dutch translation of the exercise "The Sky" (aka "The Celestial Sphere")
Pptppt DeNachtelijkeHemelMetStellarium.ppt r1 manage 5095.5 K 15 Mar 2010 - 23:02 GijsVerdoesKleijn Dutch translation of the powerpoint accompanying the exercise "The Sky" in WP5
Pdfpdf EGU2009-12972.pdf r1 manage 109.3 K 15 Jan 2009 - 09:36 GiuliaIafrate  
Pdfpdf EuroVO-AIDA_D5.1_INAF_Final.pdf r1 manage 203.8 K 02 Sep 2008 - 10:17 MathiasDepretz  
Pdfpdf EuroVO-AIDA_D5.2_INAF_Final.pdf r1 manage 580.4 K 02 Jul 2009 - 13:05 GiuliaIafrate  
Pdfpdf EuroVO-AIDA_D5.3_INAF_Final.pdf r1 manage 582.2 K 22 Jul 2010 - 10:05 MathiasDepretz  
Txttxt Telelecon_080429.DiscussionPoints.txt r1 manage 4.0 K 30 Apr 2008 - 16:59 MassimoRamella Some points raised/discussed during the telecon Apr 29, 2008
Txttxt Telelecon_080429.Program.txt r1 manage 1.7 K 30 Apr 2008 - 16:58 MassimoRamella Program presented at the telecon Apr 29, 2008
Pdfpdf didatticaOATS.pdf r1 manage 776.5 K 24 Feb 2009 - 08:29 GiuliaIafrate  
Txttxt schools.txt r2 r1 manage 1.0 K 24 Feb 2009 - 08:51 GiuliaIafrate  
Txttxt software_mod.txt r1 manage 1.3 K 24 Feb 2009 - 09:17 GiuliaIafrate  
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