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Research Spotlight: Understanding the Universe through Scalable Navigation of a Galaxy of Annotations

Department of Computer Science faculty Alexandros Labrinidis, Panos K. Chrysanthis and Liz Marai, and Department of Physics and Astronomy faculty Jeffrey Newman, Michael Wood-Vasey and Arthur Kosowsky were awarded a $1.6 M NSF Grant to impact the ability to share astronomical data quickly and widely. Their project Understanding the Universe through Scalable Navigation of a Galaxy of Annotations pursues three research directions, each of which has the potential to transform how astronomers interface with large datasets: (1) a scalable annotation framework to enable linking of observations to specific experiments, models, or other observations; (2) a continuous workflow enactment system that would support automated reasoning int he presence of uncertainty; and (3) a computational framework for interactively analyzing astronomical datasets, allowing the construction and testing of hypotheses.

This project's significant impact is the ability to share information and expert opinions quickly and widely, about each new observation or event, fundamentally changing our ability to learn about the Universe; such functionality can also be applied in support of other scientific domains.

More information about the project can be found at the AstroShelf web page.

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