JIVE, the Joint Institute for VLBI ERIC, is the central organisation in the European VLBI Network (EVN). JIVE implements the core data processing and user services that turn the network of distributed telescopes into a single observatory to study the radio sky at the highest possible resolution. The ERIC (European Research Infrastructure Consortium) replaces the JIVE foundation, which was created in 1993 by the EVN. The Institute is located in Dwingeloo, the Netherlands, and is hosted by ASTRON - the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy. The Director of JIVE is Dr. Francisco Colomer.
The primary mission of JIVE is to operate and further develop the EVN VLBI Data Processor. JIVE is also involved in supporting EVN users and operations of EVN as a facility. These activities are conducted by a team of JIVE Support Scientists. The Institute also carries out a broad range of Research and Development activities in VLBI-related fields such as radio astronomy data processing and innovative applications of VLBI and radio astronomy technologies. JIVE staff, consisting of about 20 PhD scientists, carry out a range of cutting-edge research in various fields of galactic and extragalactic radio astronomy, planetary and space sciences.
The Institute is actively involved in a number of large international projects and JIVE acts as the coordinator of several projects funded by the European Commission.