The developpement of the Bordeaux VLBI Image Database (BVID) was possible thanks to the support of:

Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Bordeaux
Observatoire Aquitain des Sciences de l'Univers
Université de Bordeaux
Centre National pour la Recherche Scientifique
Developpment & Credits
Involved people
Database architecture & Web Developpment
Past lead developer : Benjamin Pavone
Current lead developer : Mathieu Gauthier-Lafaye (UAR POREA)
Associated developer : Arnaud Collioud (LAB)
Data production & ingestion
Arnaud Collioud (LAB)
The BVID has been developed using HTML, CSS, javascript (Bootstrap framework) and PHP (Symfony framework).
The template used is AdminLTE, developped by Almsaeed Studio. This template provides an HTML responsive web design to make the BVID display well on all devices (desktops, tablets, and phones).

Plots, maps and graphs are produced with Plotly.js and D3.js libraries.

We recommand the use of Mozilla Firefox get Firefox since the BVID interface has been extensively tested on this browser.
Images used
Login page: An artist’s rendering of the most distant quasar, M. Kornmesser (ESO)
403 Error: Popular Mechanics
404 Error: Blender Artist website, BlackRainbow
500 Error: Sgt Joe Coleman
Unknown Error: Chris Mullany

For the other images, the credit is specified next to the image.
If you use the Bordeaux VLBI Image Database for your research, you should acknowledge it with the following sentence:

This research has made use of material from the Bordeaux VLBI Image Database (BVID).
This database can be reached at
For statistical purposes, we would also appreciate if you could notify us when you refer to BVID in your publications.

For information, the calculation of the structure corrections and the structure indices are described in the following publications:

  1. Fey, A. & Charlot, P. 1997, ApJS, 111, 95
    VLBA Observations of Radio Reference Frame Sources. II. Astrometric Suitability Based on Observed Structure
    (PDF file: pdf file)

  2. Fey, A. & Charlot, P. 2000, ApJS, 128, 17
    VLBA Observations of Radio Reference Frame Sources. III. Astrometric Suitability of an Additional 225 Sources
    (PDF file: pdf file)
The calculation of the visibility maps and source compactness are described in the following publication:

    Charlot, P. 2008, IVS General Meeting Conference Proceedings, 345C
    Astrophysical Stability of Radio Sources and Implication for the Realization of the Next ICRF
    (PDF file: pdf file)

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The authors acknowledge use of the Very Long Baseline Array under the US Naval Observatory's time allocation. This work supports USNO's ongoing research into the celestial reference frame and geodesy.