Open Clusters Science in the Virtual Observatory Era
We present http://ocl.sai.msu.ru, a modern web application with an integrated rich set of third-party analysis tools aimed at facilitating astrophysical research with the Open Cluster Catalog of the Sternberg Astronomical Institute (Koposov et al. Astron. Astrophys. 486:771, 2008; Glushkova et al. Astron. Lett. 36:75, 2010). Discovered using Virtual Observatory (VO) technologies, almost 200 new open clusters are presented in a way that allows further exploitation of the multiple VO-compatible datasets through the single web site serving as an entry point. As more datasets become available (e.g. UCAC3 with proper motions Zacharias et al. Astron. J., 139:2184, 2010), new research perspectives arise with this set of open clusters making it possible to do quick-look science online, which have successfully been demonstrated during several VO-Science tutorials. If populated with a more comprehensive set of open clusters, this tool may become a new WEBDA prototype in the VO era. In this manuscript we also briefly describe steps of a demonstration shown as a contributed talk at JENAM-2010 conference to give an overlook of what kind of original research studies it is now possible to do online.
IZ participation in the JENAM-2010 meeting was supported by VO-Paris Data Centre and a grant of European Astronomical Society.
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