worldwide telescope

Alyssa Goodman: Seamless Astronomy, at LIDA 2012, Zadar, Croatia, Wednesday, June 20, 2012:

Libraries in the Digital Age (LIDA) is a biennial international conference that focuses on the challenging and rapidly transforming nature of libraries and information systems and services.

Alyssa Goodman gave this keynote talk describing the overall vision, plans, and ongoing work of the "Seamless Astronomy" group based at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

Goodman A, Fay J, Muench A, Pepe A, Udomprasert P, Wong C.

WorldWide Telescope in Research and Education

. In: Egret D, Gabriel C ADASS XXI. San Francisco: Astronomical Society of the Pacific; 2012. pp. tba. Publisher's VersionAbstract

The WorldWide Telescope computer program, released to researchers
and the public as a free resource in 2008 by Microsoft Research, has changed the way
the ever-growing Universe of online astronomical data is viewed and understood. The
WWT program can be thought of as a scriptable, interactive, richly visual browser of
the multi-wavelength Sky as we see it from Earth, and of the Universe as we would
travel within it. In its web API format, WWT is being used as a service to display professional
research data. In its desktop format, WWT works in concert (thanks to SAMP
and other IVOA standards) with more traditional research applications such as ds9, Aladin
and TOPCAT. The WWT Ambassadors Program (founded in 2009) recruits and
trains astrophysically-literate volunteers (including retirees) who use WWT as a teaching
tool in online, classroom, and informal educational settings. Early quantitative
studies of WWTA indicate that student experiences with WWT enhance science learning
dramatically. Thanks to the wealth of data it can access, and the growing number
of services to which it connects, WWT is now a key linking technology in the Seamless
Astronomy environment we seek to oer researchers, teachers, and students alike.

Alyssa Goodman: Seamless Astronomy: 
How astronomers share, explore & discover, at Sage Bionetworks Commons Congress, Saturday, April 16, 2011:

This talk was delivered to the Sage Bionetworks Commons Congress by Alyssa Goodman in April, 2011.  The goal was to very briefly explain the "Seamless Astronomy" approach to the group building up the "Sage" Commons.  The Sage Commons will be a "revolutionary accessible information platform to define the molecular basis of disease and guide the development of effective human therapeutics and diagnostics."