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New Research Team capabilities announced

Jan. 15, 2021 by S. O'Toole
Feb. 3, 2021, 2:44 a.m. S. O'Toole
Here's a look at some of the new features available to Data Central and Optical Data Centre users

We are pleased to announce new capabilities for research teams in the Optical Data Centre!
The Optical Data Centre (ODC) is a collaboration between AAO-Macquarie University, Australian National University and NCI. It is funded under the Astronomy National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) Program via Astronomy Australia Ltd (AAL).

Along with holding and serving optical and infrared data, the Optical Data Centre (powered by Data Central), also supports research teams to carry out their surveys and research projects. Our new capabilities include:

  • Easy to setup and manage mailing lists on the domain
  • A research team-based instant messaging service powered by Zulip, similar to Slack, but free for astronomical research teams!
  • Collaborative editing of Word documents and Excel spreadsheets held in the Data Central Cloud (
  • Hosting of custom web applications that need to access ODC-held data

Please request a Research Team through our Teams portal: and specify which services you would like to use. For existing teams, please email to request a new service.
We also have some new data services in the pipeline, including an IVOA-compliant Simple Spectrum Access service. This will be release in a few weeks, and we are developing example scripts to get the most out of them. To whet your appetite, we include some of the output of these scripts below.

From the recent GALAH DR3:

GALAH DR3 SSA example

From the 6dF Galaxy Survey with related imaging:


Jan. 15, 2021 by S. O'Toole
Feb. 3, 2021, 2:44 a.m. S. O'Toole