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IDIA and the NRAO have signed a MoU to collaborate on the development of algorithms and software for the processing of radio data, in anticipation of the large surveys that will be conducted by the MeerKAT and the Jansky VLA. MeerKAT and the JVLA are precursors of the SKA, and the large surveys that will be done with these telescopes will pave the way to the science observations that the SKA will conduct. These large surveys include pilot observations with the VLA and early science observations...
On 17 November 2015, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between IDIA (South Africa) and the Dutch partners - ASTRON and IBM-Dome. The Dutch Prime Minister, Mark Rutte, attended the signing of the MoU as part of a visit by the Dutch trade delegation to South Africa, which comprised representatives from 75 companies. The MoU supports an agreement to collaborate on the development of the Precursor Regional Science Data Centres (RSDCs) for the SKA. RSDCs will be an essential part of the...
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IDIA - the Inter-University Institute for Data Intensive Astronomy was officially launched on 3 September 2015. The Director of IDIA, Prof. Russ Taylor, invited the Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor, and representatives from the IDIA partners and involved stakeholders to celebrate the launch, which was held at the SAAO auditorium. Minister Pandor participated in the ceremonial cake cutting and delivered a speech in which she outlined the opportunity that Africa has in the face...

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