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 The Action Spécifique" Observatoires Virtuels France (ASOV) was created by INSU in 2004, with the support of CNES, to organize the French participation to the development of the International Virtual Observatory in all disciplines covered by the CNRS Section 17. The paper summarizes the role and actions of ASOV during its first 1.5 year of existence.