Planetary Mapping and Virtual Observatory

19-21 April 2017, Roscoff, France

Why this workshop

Mapping of planetary surfaces is well established with both practice and standards. Neighboring areas, from interiors to magnetospheres are suitable for cross-disciplinary science using the Virtual Observatory (VO) approach and tools, specifically targeting Planetary Science (VESPA). The workshop aims at bringing together the geologic, geospatial and VO communities for bringing forward knowledge, tools and standards for mapping the Solar System.

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15 January 2017: 2nd announcement and call for abstracts
20 February 2017: abstract and activity submission (soft) deadline
21 March 2017: 3rd announcement and programme
19-21 April 2017: Workshop on-site and remote participation



The workshop will be informal and will include a combination of presentation, discussion workshop and tutorial as well as an hackathon session (details to be added soon). Topics related to mapping of surfaces and neighbouring spheres where the VO approach can be an asset are welcome. Discussion and action towards standardisation are expected. The broad topical areas indicated below are examples. Please get in touch with the organisers if you want to propose topics or activities.

Surface mapping

Surface imaging and human, computer-aided mapping


Data integration through OGC and VO standards: opportunities and challenges


Tools and data/product dissemination

Expanding to small bodies

Standardisation and mapping of irregular bodies in GIS/VO


Abstract submission and registration are closed.

Take a look at the Programme.

Remote attendance is possible, please get in touch with organisers via email or slack.



The workshop will take place at the Conference Center of the Roscoff Marine Station.

Founded in 1872, the Station Biologique de Roscoff (SBR) is a centre for research and higher education in marine biology and ecology. It is jointly run by the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) and the Pierre and Marie Curie University (UPMC, Paris).

Place Georges Teissier
29680 Roscoff
+33 0 2 98 29 23 23

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Local organisation

Chiara Marmo, Luce Delabesse
Special thanks to the SBR staff

Image © W. Thomas, Station Biologique de Roscoff (CNRS / UPMC)