GLORIA (GLObal Robotic-telescopes Intelligent Array) is the first free accessible network of robotic telescopes in the world. It is a Web 2.0 environment where users can do research in astronomy by observing with remotely operated robotic telescopes and by analyzing data that other users have acquired with GLORIA, or from other free access databases, like the European Virtual Observatory. Community is the most important part of GLORIA. Access to the network is open not only to professional astronomers, but also to anyone who is interested in astronomy.
Research in astronomy can benefit from attracting many people to use robotic telescopes – to detect things in the sky requires looking in the right place at the right time. GLORIA’s robotic telescopes can search the sky, but the vast quantities of data they produce are far greater than astronomers have time to analyze. GLORIA can provide a way of getting thousands of observers and smart minds on astronomy problems that will help solving it easier and faster.
The GLORIA Project cooperates with Go-Lab in scope of Discover the Cosmos project creating inquiry learning scenarios that will help to define and develop resources that are going to strengthen students’ interest and consolidate their competence in science. The goal of cooperation is promoting and deploying inquiry learning with robotic telescopes among teachers and students, as well as general public.