Report of the workshop ‘Exploiting Archives for Radio Astronomy in the SKA-era’

Concluded on 25th of November at lunchtime the workshop ‘Exploiting Archives for Radio Astronomy in the SKA-era‘ gathered together about 70 participants spanning a wide range of nationalities, from the USA to Korea, passing from India. Most of the participants were from Europe, with more than 30% of women participants.
The goals of the workshop were to give an overview of the capabilities, development, and user support for archival research in the main worldwide radio facilities. In particular, invited speakers involved in archival research and tool developments within the European VLBI Network (EVN), the Low-Frequency Array LOFAR, the enhanced Multi-Element Remotely Linked Interferometer Network (e-MERLIN), and the Advanced European Network of E-infrastructures for Astronomy with the SKA (AENEAS), have illustrated the state of the art of the current database, showing the tools available in each web-platform to retrieve and analyse the data.
The workshop has been useful and timely. It clarified to the scientific community the challenge that will afford the different radio facilities in terms of archive, data mining, and advanced products in the era of ‘Big Data’ Science.
RadioNet had granted this event, but due to COVID-19, the conference was modified and changed to an online format.
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