The NOVA started in January 2009 with the aim of providing coordination between different initiatives along the country. NOVA is being built up onto a Grid infrastructure which enables each of the member institutions to be connected to NOVA while keeping their data at home. NOVA is a federal project which encourages and supports the participation of all astronomical institutions along the country.

NOVA has four main objectives
1.To coordinate the online access to astronomical data located in different institutions around the country.
2.To coordinate the publication of local data according to the VO standards and protocols agreed by the international astronomical community.
3.To foster and support the development of technical tools for handling and analysis of data.
4. To contribute to disseminate astronomy as an educational tool within the framework of e-science.

Technological aims
1.Development of the NOVA portal within the Grid Infrastructure.
2.Build up and mantain the NOVA Registry.
3.Develop an efficient interfase with the NOVA uses.
4.Work with other VOs to agree on international standards and protocols.

Founders Institutions and Representatives

OAC Observatorio Astronómico de Córdoba
Córdoba Astronomical Observatory
Dr. Javier Ahumada

FCAGLP- UNLP - Facultad de Cs. Astronómicas y Geofísicas de La Plata - Universidad Nacional de La Plata
Faculty of Astronomical and Geophysical Sciences, La Plata. National University, La Plata.
Lic. Ezequiel Marchesini

IALP - Instituto de Astrofísica de La Plata-
La Plata Astrophysical Institute
Dr. Roberto Gamen - Chairman

IAR Instituto Argentino de Radioastronomía
Argentine Radioastronomy Institute
Sr. Federico Bareilles

IAFE Instituto de Astronomía y Física del Espacio
Astronomy and Space Science Institute
Dra. Susana Pedrosa

ICATE Instituto de Ciencias Astronómicas, de la Tierra y del Espacio
Institute of Astronomy, Earth and Space Sciences
Dr. Hugo Levato

IATE Instituto de Astronomía Teórica y Experimental
Theoretical & Experimental Astronomy Institute
Dr. Hernán Muriel

CASLEO Complejo Astronómico El Leoncito
El Leoncito Astronomical Complex
Ing. Pablo Pereyra