AstroGrid was the UK’s Virtual Observatory development project from 2001-2010. The AstroGrid project began in 2001 as part of the UK’s government e-Science initiative, and proceeded in three phases. Following a short exploratory phase, the original AstroGrid project centred on research and prototyping; the follow-on project was the engineering and construction phase. The third phase was an operations project.
We launched working services and user software in 2008. AstroGrid software and services are still used by astronomers all over the world on a daily basis. Fionn Murtagh was a Lead Investigator and a founder member.