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The 2015 Sagan Exoplanet Summer Workshop – Exoplanetary System Demographics: Theory and Observations

Every Summer, the NASA Exoplanet Science Institute (NExScI) hosts the Sagan Workshop, which sets out to advance scientific and technical understanding of the objectives of the NASA Exoplanet Exploration Program, and is aimed primarily at early career scientists. This year, the topic … Continue reading

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Exoplanet Content in the Keck Observatory Archive

Following on from last week’s post about the Second Kepler Science Conference, the Keck Observatory Archive (KOA) is a growing resource for exoplanet science. The poster shown at the end of this post was presented at the Kepler Conference describes … Continue reading

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The Keck Observatory Archive: A Model for a TMT Archive?

One of the topics discussed at the TMT Science Forum was the need for a searchable archive that would allow PIs to access their data and, when data were public, would provide data access for a broader scientific community. The … Continue reading

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TMT Operations Discussion: A Scientists Perspective

Nestled among the science talks today was a presentation by Mike Bolte (UC Santa Cruz), on the operations concept for the TMT, and as a manager of operational archives I listened attentively. He mentioned that the initial operations plan was … Continue reading

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The Keck Observatory Celebrates 20 Years Of Operation

The W. M. Keck Observatory went into operation twenty years ago, and at the time its twin 10m-telescopes made it the largest observatory in the world. It has been a phenomenally successful observatory, and has made important discoveries in many … Continue reading

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Knowledge Discovery from Mining Big Data – Presentation by Kirk Borne

My friend and colleague Kirk Borne, of George Mason University, is a specialist in the modern field of data mining and astroinformatics.  I was delighted to learn that he was giving a talk on an introduction to this topic as … Continue reading

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The Keck Observatory Archive Is Expanding to Serve All Instruments

This year sees the W.M. Keck Observatory celebrating its 20th birthday, and the observatory is marking the anniversary with a series of events for astronomers and for the general public. The Observatory has had enormous impact on astronomical research, and … Continue reading

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e-Science – towards the cloud: infrastructures, applications and research

The Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A has just published a special issue entitled: “e-Science – towards the cloud: infrastructures, applications and research.”  The issue contains 12 papers that are considered “best in show” at the U. K. e-Science … Continue reading

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