Dark Data in Astronomy

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Friday, February 3, 2017 - 10:00am

Grethen Stahlman and Bryan Heidorn will talk about their new project with a larger team, one focused on creating a new open-access repository for previously uncurated astronomical datasets, and building on existing CyVerse infrastructure with robust cloud-based resources for managing, linking, processing and sharing research data. This project builds on Heidorn's (2008) early work on "Dark Data in the Long Tail of Science" and underscores the importance of working across disciplines and sectors to resolve todays big data challenges.

For this project, the University of Arizona School of Information, the Department of Astronomy and Steward Observatory, the University Libraries, the American Astronomical Society and CyVerse are working to create a data hub for previously uncurated astronomical data. This team is building tools and infrastructure to expose research data at various stages of the research process, overall facilitating data sharing and re-use. Stahlman and Heidorn will tell us about that work.