VESPA / Virtual Observatory glossary


AMDA Automated Multi-Dataset Analysis (at CDPP/Toulouse)
CASSIS-VO Coordination Action for the Integration for Solar System Infrastructure and Sciences program in FP7
CoSADIE Latest FP7 program about the Astronomical VO (2012-2014)
EPN-TAP EuroPlanet Table Access Protocol. Specific protocol to access Planetary Science data in the VO, defined during Europlanet-RI
Europlanet-RI European Union funded program in FP7 (2009-2012)
EuroVO-ICE Past FP7 program about Astronomical VO (2010-2012)
IAU International Astronomical Union. In charge of the organisation of Astronomy as a discipline
IDIS (Integrated and Distributed Information Services) Data handling activity in Europlanet-RI. VO-Paris was in charge of the Planetary Dynamics and Extraterrestrial Matter node of IDIS
IMPEx Integrated Medium for Planetary Exploration program in FP7
HELIO HELiophysics Integrated Observatory program in FP7
IPDA International Planetary Data Alliance, a consortium of space agencies to organize access to planetary data archives
IVOA International Virtual Observatory Alliance. Informal organisation in charge of VO developments in Astronomy
GIS Geographic Information Systems. Based on standards defined by the Open Geospatial Consortium
GhoSST Grenoble Astrophysics and Planetology Solid Spectroscopy Thermodynamics. Specialized database and tools in Grenoble. An outcome of both VAMDC and Europlanet-RI programs
PDAP (Planetary Data Access Protocol) Protocol to access planetary data space archives, developed and maintained by IPDA, used in particular at ESA and JAXA
PDS Planetary Data System, NASA's planetary data archive
PSA Planetary Science Archive, ESA's planetary data archive
RadioJOVE Outreach project for the dissemination of low frequency radio astronomy in schools, based in the US
SSHADE Solid Spectroscopy Hosting Architecture of Databases and Expertise. Extension of the GhoSST service to 20 spectroscopy labs in Europe, to be developed in Europlanet2020
VAMDC Virtual Atomic and Molecular Data Center
VESPA Virtual European Solar and Planetary Access. Infrastructure for the European Planetary Science VO, and its EPN-TAP/PDAP user interface
VO Virtual Observatory: an interoperable system of databases and tools in use in Astronomy since the early 2000'

Further information

IVOA glossary (for developers) Technical Terms & Acronyms
IVOA glossary VO Glossary for Astronomers


VESPA has first been designed in the frame of Europlanet-RI JRA4 work package (IDIS activity).
The Europlanet 2020 Research Infrastructure project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 654208.
Additional funding was provided in France by the Action Spécifique Observatoire Virtuel and Programme National de Planétologie / INSU.

Europlanet Project supported by the European Union VOParis Observatoire