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25 September 2012 The organization and management of the Virtual Astronomical Observatory
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The U.S. Virtual Astronomical Observatory (VAO has been in operation since May 2010. Its goal is to enable new science through efficient integration of distributed multi-wavelength data. This paper describes the management and organization of the VAO, and emphasizes the techniques used to ensure efficiency in a distributed organization. Management methods include using an annual program plan as the basis for establishing contracts with member organizations, regular communication, and monitoring of processes.
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G. Bruce Berriman, Robert J. Hanisch, T. Joseph W. Lazio, Alexander Szalay, and Giuseppina Fabbiano "The organization and management of the Virtual Astronomical Observatory", Proc. SPIE 8449, Modeling, Systems Engineering, and Project Management for Astronomy V, 84490H (25 September 2012);

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