• Seamless Colloquium: The Knowledge Infrastructure of Astronomy

    Oct 27, 12:00pm


    Phillips Auditorium, 60 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

    Abstract: Big data, data-intensive science, and eScience are contemporary terms to describe research fields that generate, manipulate, and manage large volumes of data. Astronomy was among the first data-intensive fields, hence many other domains wish to learn from the experience of astronomers. Their knowledge infrastructure – an ecology of people, practices, technologies, institutions, material objects, and relationships – has accumulated over millennia. Over the last several decades, the practice of astronomy has transitioned from analog to digital technologies.