Astronomy Data Workshop 2021

29 April 2021 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm AEST
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Astronomy Australia Ltd (AAL) hosted a one-day online Astronomy Data Workshop on 29th April 2021, from 10am until 3pm (AEST). See the online EventBrite page here.

​AAL organised a one-day online Astronomy Data Workshop to inform Australian-based astronomers of the development of data-related projects and seek feedback on their usefulness to the Australian astronomy community. The workshop included discussions regarding large and small scale datasets in both the theoretical and observational domains.

Workshop Goals

The goals of the workshop were:

  • ​To inform the community of the latest advancements in nationally and internationally significant Australian astronomy datasets.
  • To discuss the interoperability of diverse datasets with a focus on multi-wavelength and multi-messenger applications.
  • To understand Australian astronomy requirements for ongoing data projects.


Workshop Program

Please see below for the workshop program. Recordings and slides of the workshop will be made available in the near future. For surveys, see below:

110:00Welcome & HousekeepingOrsola De Marco (Macquarie) & Robert Shen (AAL)​​10 mins
210:10AAL Data Investment Overview​Mark McAuley (AAL)​15 mins
310:25​Gravitational Wave Data Centre + Online Survey​Jarrod Hurley (Swinburne)Slides25 mins
410:50​Optical Data Centre + Online SurveyKatrina Sealey (Macquarie)Slides25 mins
511:15ASVO MWA + Online Survey​Greg Sleap (Curtin)Slides20 mins
611:30Pawsey Seminar: Astronomy and Australia's next generation of supercomputers. ​Panel with host.Dr Natasha Hurley-Walker (Curtin University)​, Dr Luigi Iapichino (Leibniz Supercomputing Center), Dr Elaine Sadler (CSIRO). Hosted by Professor Alan Duffy (Swinburne).90 mins
713:00ASVO CASDA + Online SurveyMinh Huynh (CSIRO)Slides15 mins
813:15ASVO TAO + Online SurveyDarren Croton (Swinburne)Slides15 mins
913:30​YANDASoft + Online SurveyJuan Carlos Guzman (CSIRO)Slides15 mins
1013:45Facilitated Session 1: Essential data and computing infrastructure for Australian Astronomy (2021 - 2026).​Matthew Bailes (Swinburne)Slides60 mins
1114:45​Facilitated Session 2: Prioritising nationally significant astronomical data products over the next two years​..​Chris Power (UWA/ICRAR)50 mins
1215:35​Wrap up (Review of action items & next steps)Orsola De Marco (Macquarie)15 mins

The Optical Data Centre (ODC) – ODC supporting documents.
The Decadal Plan for Australian Astronomy 2016-2025 – Mid-term review document.
The Gravitation Wave Data Centre (GWDC) – GWDC supporting documents.​



For more information, please contact Dr Robert Shen, AAL Director of eResearch: [email protected] ​


29 April 2021
10:00 am - 3:00 pm AEST
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Dr. Robert Shen
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