Robert Hanisch: Data Management and the Virtual Observatory - IRAF?

After coming away from a meeting where several 10s of scientists in a room all agreed that IRAF is already obsolete TODAY, I find VAO plans to integrate IRAF into the VO a potential waste of efforts. However, to VAO's credit, no one else has the resources or the will (so far) to come up with a new "IRAF" for the future. After many years of development with limited progress, it will be nice to see what the VAO will produce for the astronomical community. Skeptics like me abound, but we could all be wrong.

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