IAU Inter-Commission B2-C1-C2 WG
Data Driven Astronomy Education and Public Outreach (DAEPO)

 

Description

This working group is hosted at the IAU Division B (Facilities, Technologies and Data Science) Commission B2 (Data and Documentation), and organized jointly with Commission C1 (Astronomy Education and Development), Commission C2 (Communicating Astronomy with the Public), Office of Astronomy for Development (OAD), Office for Astronomy Outreach (OAO) and several other non IAU communities, for example IVOA Education Interest Group, American Astronomical Society Worldwide Telescope Advisory Board, Zooniverse project.

 

With the development of many mega-science astronomical projects, for example CTA, DESI, EUCLID, FAST, GAIA, JWST, LAMOST, LSST, SDSS, SKA, and large scale simulations, astronomy has become a Big Data science. Astronomical data is not only necessary resource for scientific research, but also very valuable resource for education and public outreach (EPO), especially in the era of Internet and Cloud Computing. The working group has the major objectives to:

 

l  Act as a forum to discuss the value of astronomy data in EPO, the advantages and benefits of data driven EPO, and the challenges facing to data driven EPO.

l  Provide guidelines, curriculums, data resources, tools, and e-infrastructure for data driven EPO.

l  Provide best practices of data driven EPO.

 

Members

16 WG members, including 9 members and 7 associate members.

 


WG Member List

 

 

 

Name

Gender

Title

Country

Institute and Position

IAU membership

Sudhanshu Barway

Male

Dr.

South Africa

South African Astronomical Obsevatory, SA Virtual Observatory

South Africa

Amanda Bauer

Female

Dr.

Australia

Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), Head of Education and Public Outreach

Australia

Sze-leung Cheung

Male

Dr.

Japan

IAU Office for Astronomy Outreach, C/O National Astronomical Observatory of Japan

Japan

Chenzhou Cui (Chair)

Male

Dr.

China

National Astronomical Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences, PI of Chinese Virtual Observatory, Organizing Committee Member of Commission B2 Data and Documentation

China, Nanjing

Karen O’Flaherty

Female

Dr.

Netherlands

Chief Editor, Communication, Outreach and Education Group, Science Directorate, European Space Agency.

N/A

Beatriz Garcia

Male

Dr.

Argentina

President of Commission C1 Astronomy Education and Development, Co-Chair of Commission C1 WG Network for Astronomy School Education (NASE), Instituto de Tecnologías en Detección y Astropartículas (ITeDA)

Argentina

Kevin Govender

Male

Mr.

South Africa

IAU Office of Astronomy for Development, c/o South African Astronomical Observatory

South Africa

Arna Karick

Female

Dr.

Australia

N/A Currently seeking employment. (Formerly at Swinburne University: e-Research Consultant)

N/A

Shanshan Li

Female

Ms.

China

National Astronomical Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China-VO WWT lead

N/A

Chris J. Lintott

Male

Dr.

United Kingdom

Department of Physics, University of Oxford (Zooniverse PI)

United Kingdom

Vanessa Alexandra McBride

Female

Dr.

South Africa

University of Cape Town, Department of Astronomy

South Africa

Zhixin Peng

Male

Dr.

China

Nanjing University, Astronomy education

N/A

Cuilan Qiao

Female

Dr.

China

Central China Normal University, China-VO EPO officer

N/A

Jordan Raddick

Male

Mr.

US

Education Director, Institute for Data-Intensive Engineering and Science, JHU

N/A

Pedro Russo

Male

Dr.

Netherlands

President of IAU Commission C2 Communicating Astronomy with the Public, Leiden Observatory, Universe Awareness International Office

Netherlands

Mark SubbaRao

Male

Dr.

US

Adler Planetarium, Chicago. Chair the Science and Data Visualization Task Force of the International Planetarium Society (IPS), and President-Elect of IPS.

N/A

 


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