Introduction

Computational techniques are becoming increasingly important in astronomy. Being familiar with a few central IT skills can greatly enhance your scientific research. For the 2nd Aus-VO summer school we have put together a program of lectures and tutorials to serve as an introduction to a selection of common tools. These span scripting and programming, database construction and data-mining, as well as techniques for developing webservices and interacting with and developing virtual observatory tools to do science.

The program will be similar to last year. However, if there is enough interest, there will be sessions covering advanced and extended for people attending for a second time.

The intended audience is postgraduate students and other interested astronomers. Students starting honours in astronomy and also welcome to attend. This is a great opportunity to develop or update your IT skills!

The Summer School will consist of lectures and practical exercises delivered by astronomers and software engineers. All exercises will be tailored specifically to astronomy applications.

Participants should bring their own laptop to work on. Windows, Mac OS and Linux will be supported, and the relevant software will be provided for download beforehand.