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Nature article about IPS Data to Dome initiative

Tuesday, April 25, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Alan Gould
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Article by Tom Kwasnitschka in Nature:
25 April 2017, Planetariums — not just for kids.
Excerpt: In March, the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan held a joint workshop with the International Planetarium Society (IPS) in Tokyo. The goal? To visualize the most complex astronomical data sets gathered so far and thus explore ideas about the distribution of galaxies, exoplanets and the make-up of comets. ...With up to 20 high-performance video projectors linked to advanced graphics computers, digital dome planetariums host some of the most sophisticated and flexible systems for scientific visualization. The IPS estimates that there are around 1,300 digital domes in operation globally, each measuring between 3 and 30 metres across, and that one is available within easy reach of most academic facilities. ...The IPS's Data to Dome initiative is working to make it easier to import and explore scientific data across all disciplines. ...How can scientists gain access to planetariums? The planetariums are eager for collaborations. ...Thanks to the advances made in visualization technologies over the past ten years, planetariums are, for the first time, able to give back to the scientific world. The scientific community should embrace these facilities as a resource.
Full article at https://www.nature.com/polopoly_fs/1.21888.1493229356!/menu/main/topColumns/topLeftColumn/pdf/544395a.pdf or http://www.nature.com/news/planetariums-not-just-for-kids-1.21888.

Additional information from Mark Subbarao: Resources from the 'Data to Dome' workshop that was held this March in Tokyo, jointly hosted by IPS and NAOJ are on the conference site: http://prc.nao.ac.jp/fukyu/dtod/ contains links to video recordings of the presentations as well as the presentation files. This GitHub repository: https://github.com/IPSScienceVisualization/Workshops/tree/master/Tokyo2017 contains code, data and instructions for five tutorial sessions that were held during the workshop. There will be a related workshop at the upcoming LIPS symposium in Muncie Indians, USA http://lipsymposium.org/LIPS/. While the focus of the Tokyo was on visualizing scientific data in a planetarium, the Muncie workshop will try and answer the question, "now that I have the data on my dome, how do I talk about it?".

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