Fwd: What would you do with infinite data?
>>> Jordan Raddick <raddick@...> 03/25/04 10:06:29 AM >>>Greetings!
This is a special message to the SkyServer mailing list. We (the
of SkyServer) are starting a new project. We're working with the
Virtual Observatory (NVO). The NVO is a new research project whose goal
to make all astronomy data in the world accessible from a simple set
web interfaces. It will be like a search engine for astronomy data.
For example, you could type "Orion Nebula" and receive images of the
nebula in all wavelengths of light: VLA for radio, Spitzer for
Hubble for visible, and Chandra for X-ray. Or, you could request
for all quasars with redshifts between 1 and 2 that have unusual
So, my question is: if you had these tools - and access to all the
astronomy data ever collected - what would you do with them? We're
starting to design tools for education and outreach, and we want to
the tools as useful as possible. When we know what you'd like to do
the tools, we can optimize the tools to work for what you want them to
I'd like to hear back from both educators and amateur astronomers.
E-mail me your thoughts to this address. This is your chance to
the future of astronomy education!
M. Jordan Raddick
Web Content Designer
Johns Hopkins University/Sloan Digital Sky Survey
Phone until mid-March: (407) 876-5878