Chenzhou Cui

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Chenzhou Cui, the past president of International Virtual Observatory Alliance (IVOA), the PI of Chinese Virtual Observatory (China-VO), and the president of IAU Commission B2 "Data and Document). Dr. Cui was also the past IVOA Education Interest Group. He initiated the IAU WG "Data-driven Astronomy Education and Public Outreach (DAEPO)".

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National Astronomical Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences


Deputy Director of National Astronomical Data Center of China


Teaching Resources for Virtual Observatory
Chenzhou Cui

The Virtual Observatory (VO) aims to provide a research environment that will open new possibilities for scientific research based on data discovery, efficient data access, and interoperability. Besides being a data-intensively online astronomical research environment, VO can be a most effective resource with its excellent educational tools and knowledge bases, deriving directly from professional astronomy. Education Interest Group (EduIG) of the International Virtual Observatory Alliance (IVOA) is a communication channel between the IVOA community and the public of educators and students. During the last two decades, a large member of teaching and training resources for VO have been developed and contributed by the IVOA and its project members. In my talk, the role of VO in education and an overview of these resources will be presented. Additionally, in March 2021, the IVOA and the IAU Office of Astronomy for Development (OAD) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The goal is to support the use astronomical data for education, development, and public outreach. International Worldwide Telescope Guided Tour Contest is listed as one pilot activity of the collaboration. The official website for the first international contest will be lunched at my talk.

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