The Astrolabe Project: Identifying and Curating Astronomical 'Dark Data' through Development of Cyberinfrastructure Resources

Gretchen Stahlman, P. Bryan Heidorn, Julie Steffen

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Abstract

As research datasets and analyses grow in complexity, data that could be valuable to other researchers and to support the integrity of published work remain uncurated across disciplines. These data are especially concentrated in the "Long Tail" of funded research, where curation resources and related expertise are often inaccessible. In the domain of astronomy, it is undisputed that uncurated »dark data» exist, but the scope of the problem remains uncertain. The "Astrolabe" Project is a collaboration between University of Arizona researchers, the CyVerse cyberinfrastructure environment, and the American Astronomical Society, with a mission to identify and ingest previously-uncurated astronomical data, and to provide a robust computational environment for analysis and sharing of data, as well as services for authors wishing to deposit data associated with publications. Following expert feedback obtained through two workshops held in 2015 and 2016, Astrolabe is funded in part by National Science Foundation. The system is being actively developed within CyVerse, and Astrolabe collaborators are soliciting heterogeneous datasets and potential users for the prototype system. Astrolabe team members are currently working to characterize the properties of uncurated astronomical data, and to develop automated methods for locating potentially-useful data to be targeted for ingest into Astrolabe, while cultivating a user community for the new data management system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationLibrary and Information Services in Astronomy 8th
Subtitle of host publication"Astronomy Librarianship in the Era of Big Data and Open Science"
EditorsRaffaele D'Abrusco, Soizick Lesteven, Bertil Dorch, Barbara Kern
PublisherEDP Sciences
ISBN (Electronic)9782759890545
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 27 2018
Event8th Library and Information Services in Astronomy: "Astronomy Librarianship in the Era of Big Data and Open Science", LISA 2018 - Strasbourg, France
Duration: Jun 6 2017Jun 9 2017

Publication series

NameEPJ Web of Conferences
Volume186
ISSN (Print)2101-6275
ISSN (Electronic)2100-014X

Other

Other8th Library and Information Services in Astronomy: "Astronomy Librarianship in the Era of Big Data and Open Science", LISA 2018
CountryFrance
CityStrasbourg
Period6/6/176/9/17

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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    Stahlman, G., Bryan Heidorn, P., & Steffen, J. (2018). The Astrolabe Project: Identifying and Curating Astronomical 'Dark Data' through Development of Cyberinfrastructure Resources. In R. D'Abrusco, S. Lesteven, B. Dorch, & B. Kern (Eds.), Library and Information Services in Astronomy 8th: "Astronomy Librarianship in the Era of Big Data and Open Science" [03003] (EPJ Web of Conferences; Vol. 186). EDP Sciences. https://doi.org/10.1051/epjconf/201818603003