September 9, 2013 @ 10:30 pm – September 10, 2013 @ 12:00 am
Main Yurt
Alan Goldberg

Alan Goldberg, NOVAC Member

Monday, September 9, 2013, 6:30 pm in the Yurt

Big Data in astronomy: the Virtual Astronomical Observatory and the International Virtual Observatory

For most of its history, astronomers have been starved for quality data. Now with more telescopes in better locations, with larger and more capable detectors, with storage and communications that permit data to be shared, and with more subtle questions to be answered, astronomers do not need to be at the eyepiece to study the sky. This talk will review the changing role of data in astronomy, how it is being organized, and how everyone can share in the bounty.


Alan Goldberg is a member of NOVAC and a remote sensing scientist at The MITRE Corp. He did his graduate studies at MIT in planetary astronomy, and has worked on data systems for satellite remote sensing, including Hubble Space Telescope,  Landsat,  Earth Observing System, and the JPSS weather satellite system.