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About Gaia

Gaia is a major ESA mission designed to survey 1,000,000,000 (1 billion) stars in the Milky Way in order to make a 3D map of unprecedented accuracy. This will allow us to answer fundamental questions about the origin and evolution of our galaxy.

However, the data-products of Gaia are expected to surpass 1 PetaByte in size, making it difficult for the scientific community to engage and analyse the data.

The Gaia Added Value Interface Platform (GAVIP) is designed to address this issue by providing an innovative platform for scientists to re-use and deploy, close to the data, their own existing code, packaged as "Added Value Interfaces" (AVIs).


Gaia Added Value Interface Platform

A science-exploitation platform for the Gaia data archive

Platform Features


Use hosted Jupyter notebooks to run code next to the archive, then evolve that into an AVI for others.


Turn your analysis into a reusable tool for the world to use! Create arbitrarily complex pipelines and interfaces using the AVI framework.


GAVIP uses Docker to isolate and run AVIs on demand within the platform. It's an AVI just for you.

AVI framework

Resource management and asynchronous pipeline execution are automatically managed. Interfaces to GACS, SAMP, and more are provided for your pipeline.

Your jobs are safe

Any jobs that you run against an AVI are stored and recorded in GAVIP. Dynamically scheduled to run in isolation when possible.

Your results are safe

Every registered user has a dedicated, isolated data volume which every AVI uses (initially set to 50GB)