Virtual Telescopes in Education

Susan Hoban, Marie desJardins, Nora Farrell, Priyang Rathod, Joel Sachs, Suryakant Sansare, Yelena Yesha, John Keating, Bart Busschots, Johanna Means, Gilbert Clark, Louuis Mayo, Willard Smith

Abstract


Virtual Telescopes in Education is providing the services required to operate a virtual observatory comprising distributed telescopes, including an interactive, constraint-based scheduling service, data and resource archive, proposal preparation and review environment, and a VTIE Journal. A major goal of VTIE is to elicit from learners questions about the nature of celestial objects and the physical processes that give rise to the spectacular imagery that catches their imaginations. Generation of constrained science questions will assist learners in the science process. To achieve interoperability with other NSDL resources, our approach follows the Open Archives Initiative and the W3C Semantic Web activity.

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