World Wide Telescope : coming soon

February 29, 2008

At a TED conference in Monterrey, Roy Gould from the Science Education Department of CfA just gave a glitzy talk plugging Microsoft’s World Wide Telescope software. This is Jim Gray’s legacy, following on from his work with Alex Szalay and Sky Server. It sounds like its going to be very nice, maybe smoother and faster than Google Sky. But you can’t get it yet .. its promised for “Spring 2008”. When it is ready, it will be downloadable from the worldwidetelescope web site. Meanwhile that web site has pix of kids gawping cutely etc.

Apparently its so good it made Robert Scoble cry.

Jim Gray tribute meeting

February 12, 2008

Tony Linde just emailed me to bring to my attention a Tribute to Honour Jim Gray, on May 31st in Berkeley.

Jim was a giant of the database world, and a good friend to the Virtual Observatory world in general, and Johns Hopkins and the SDSS archive in particular. He also helped us here in Edinburgh in our development of the WFCAM science archive, which is based on Microsoft SQL Server.

In January 2007, he disappeared without trace while on a sailing trip off the Californian coast. This was one of my own posts about Jim.