This workshop provides an opportunity for China and South Africa to exchange views on scientific and technology issues of common concern, so as to strengthen coordination and enhance mutual understanding and trust. The scheme of deep cooperation will be proposed. For example, senior scientists go abroad and give lectures, students and postdoctoral researchers are exchanged between the two units, astronomers collaborate on special scientific issues, advanced astronomical technologies are shared and communicated, and experience of software development is exchanged, and training and upskill opportunities are developed. The technologies of big data are developed, tested and improved. Collaborations are developed on issues related to data management, data analysis, data mining, and data maintenance, in support of data intensive programmes with next generation radio astronomy facilities in both countries.
Added value to Chinese-South African cooperation in Astronomy
On the basis of complementary advantages to promote pragmatic cooperation, astronomy in both units is expected to obtain substantial development, especially in the areas of radio astronomy and virtual observatories. Both countries have a need to rise to the challenge of big data. Leadership in data science and data solutions is critical to leadership in science and for broader benefit. The programme will together enhance expertise in China (Chinese VO, SHAO VLBI driven big data research, data solutions for FAST) and in South Africa (SA3, IDIA, SKA SA, MeerKAT, AVN, LSST) to enhance capacity in both countries.