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Do you .Astronomy? June 16, 2009

Posted by Sarah in astro 2.0, science.
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One of the most interesting and fun meetings I attended in 2008 was a workshop in Cardiff called .Astronomy, where I met lots of great people who are all active in internet-based astronomy in some shape or form: education, outreach, robotic observing, virtual observatory software, blogging, podcasting, twittering, citizen science and everything in between. I came away feeling very inspired and a little starry-eyed, and I’ve written a number of posts about the conference itself and more cool projects and ideas I’ve spotted since.

My starry-eyedness obviously rubbed off on my friends, and when my fellow postdoc and manager of the Universe Awareness project Carolina Odman bounced into my office some time later suggesting we organise a follow-up .Astronomy in the Netherlands, we contacted last year’s organisers – and voilà, we had a committee!

So I’m really please to announce here that the second .Astronomy workshop will take place at the Lorentz Center in Leiden, from 30 November to 4 December 2009. The core themes of .Astronomy haven’t changed: astronomy and the internet. In this instalment of the workshop we have more time for more ideas, more discussion, and an excellent location for it. We’ll have 4 days of talks and discussion, and one entire day devoted to an “Astronomy Hack Day”, where the developers among us can sit down, work on new ideas and play with hardware.

Rob has set up an official .Astronomy blog, here, which contains lost of information on last years’ meeting (including the option to buy a copy of the proceedings if you want one) and all the details on venue and programme for the Leiden workshop. I’m also syndicating the blog updates into my Tumblr feed. I’ll be blogging updates here as well, and I’m working on a collection of .Astronomy-themed links. There is a Flickr group here, which has image files for the workshop posters for your downloading pleasure.

We want to hear from all of you how you’ve used the power of the web to talk about astronomy, be it as every day enthusiasts, researchers, educators, outreach professionals or software developers. Whatever it is, come tell us about it. If you’re interested in coming along to the workshop, email us at poc AT dotastronomy.com, leave a comment on the blog, or send us a tweet. The number of participants will be limited to around 45 so get in touch with us to keep up to date on the timeline. Finally, go say hello to my fellow .Astronomers: Rob, Stuart, Alasdair, Chris and Carolina!

More soon….

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