Simon O'Toole


I am interested in data authorisation and access control, astronomical data models, systems integration and data interoperability. I have a diverse background; with a PhD in astrophysics, I worked as a research fellow, provided technical support, and managed data systems at the Australian Astronomical Observatory. I'm now based in the Australian Astronomical Optics group at Macquarie University, working as a senior specialist research systems engineer and leading projects to build next generation astronomical data archives.


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FAIR standards for astronomical data
Simon O'Toole

I present an overview of the "FAIR Guiding Principles for scientific data management and stewardship", first published in 2016, and how they relate to astronomical data management. In particular, I will discuss the connection between the FAIR principles and IVOA standards, and how data management systems with these standards implemented are close to compliance. I will then look at what extra components are required to make astronomical data FAIR. Finally, I will give a case study of the All-Sky Virtual Observatory (Australia's node of the VO) and their implementation of the FAIR principles.

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