What the VO is not

Services that, easily combined, produce astronomical mashups.

From code.flickr

"It’s dizzying how many services have been combined here — Astrometry.net grew out of research at the University of Toronto, web mashups use Google Sky for visualization in context, Yahoo infrastructure delivers and transforms data, the Royal Observatory at Greenwich provides leadership and expertise, and then little old Flickr acts as a data repository and social hub. And let’s not forget you, the Flickr community, and your inexhaustible creativity — which is the reason why all this can even come together."

Take a look at what "Jim" did: http://eatyourgreens.org.uk/testapps/yql/index2.html