The Seamless Astronomy Group at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics brings together astronomers, computer scientists, information scientists, librarians and visualization experts involved in the development of tools and systems to study and enable the next generation of online astronomical research

Current projects include research on the development of systems that seamlessly integrate scientific data and literature, the semantic interlinking and annotation of scientific resources, the study of the impact of social media and networking sites on scientific dissemination, and the analysis and visualization of astronomical data and research communities. Visit our projects page, or explore the graphic below, to find out more.

Click on the Diagram Below to Explore Connections Among Seamless Astronomy Projects

The "famous" diagram below was used at the launch of the Seamless Astronomy collaboration, in 2009.  It shows how a researcher sits between the literature and data, taking information from each, integrating their own analysis tools, and then producing new publications and results that feed back into these source regimes.   Seamless Astronomy tries to let the connections between literature & data grow more seamless and invisible, so that a researcher can spend more time thinking about science, and less about finding information.

Sponsors of Seamless Astronomy include NASA, NSF and Microsoft Research.

Contact us. For inquiries or questions, please email Sarah Block at sblock@cfa.harvard.edu. Alternatively you can contact or visit us at:

SEAMLESS ASTRONOMY TEAM
HARVARD-SMITHSONIAN CENTER FOR ASTROPHYSICS 
60 GARDEN STREET, MS 42 
CAMBRIDGE, MA 02138