Bob Hanisch is a Senior Scientist for the Space Telescope Science Institute, as well as the Director of the US Virtual Astronomical Observatory. He is currently focusing on fostering multi-facility/multi-wavelength astronomical research through the virtual observatory. He has also worked in the areas of image restoration, electronic publications, and software system design and management.
The astronomy community has well-established data archive centers and a culture of data sharing that was pioneered by NASA space missions and the first all-digital survey database, the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. National and international data resources are now linked together by the Virtual Observatory (VO), which provides global data discovery and access and a platform for multi-wavelength research. The current VO efforts focus on an "ecosystem" of interoperable science applications, tools, and services, and an "easy-as-Dropbox" style data-sharing and publications infrastructure.