In the 2020s, astronomers will be faced with the task of interpreting vast quantities of data from the LSST and other large open data survey missions such as WFIRST. The challenge for any individual or research group working at the petabyte scale are significant, the challenges of making it possible for any astronomer to work with these data are immense.

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The third meeting in a series on this topic, this community workshop is designed to gather a broad collection of astronomers, educators, and engineers to discuss the technical, institutional, and sociological barriers preventing any astronomer leveraging the scientific potential of these petabyte-scale datasets, and to develop a community roadmap designed to address these challenges and enable a data inclusion revolution in astronomy (article made available courtesy of ASP).

Who this workshop is for

This workshop is for individuals who want to initiate change in the astrophysics community to enable science in the petabyte era. While this meeting isn’t targeted at a single scientific field or question, some examples of challenges we might address at this meeting include:

Workshop format

The workshop will be structured around a number of key ‘challenges’ (see above), with topics covering the key themes of this document this document from Workshop II (Data Management, Technology & Infrastructure, Software, Analysis Methods: Algorithms and Statistical Foundations, Workforce & Career Development, Education and Public Outreach). Participants will be expected to have read this document before attending the workshop (or at least the sections most relevant to their interests).

The meeting will be a combination of plenary sessions, afternoon ‘un-conference’ breakout sessions, and a hack day.

What are the goals of this meeting?

The main goals for this workshop are:



Hyatt Regency in Cambridge
575 Memorial Drive Cambridge
MA 02139

Please coordinate with Nanci Reich if you want to book a room at the preferred rate.


Dante Alighieri Society of Massachusetts
41 Hampshire Street
Cambridge, MA 02139

Please note, the venue is ~1.3 miles from the conference hotel.

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