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|Data to Dome|
Data to Dome is an initiative of the IPS Science Data & Visualization Task Force to make it easier to visualize scientific data in a planetarium. Data to Dome, as a broad IPS-led initiative, should not be confused with Data2Dome (D2D), which refers to the open data standard that is part of the larger Data to Dome vision.
Data to Dome Tutorials
The task force maintains an evolving set of tutorials, workshops, and datasets on techniques for visualizing data. This material can be found on GitHub - github.com/IPSScienceVisualization/.
The Science and Data Visualization Task Force began writing columns for Planetarian starting in March 2014:
Data2Dome is an effort of the European Southern Observatory (ESO) and the International Planetarium Society. It uses a content distribution and publishing standard aimed at bringing astronomy data seamlessly into planetarium systems real-time It allows data providers to publish news and information "feeds" which may be accessed directly via planetarium software. The vision is that every day, planetarium presenters can access a menu to select fresh news, datasets, sky event data, historical event data and more.
D2D launched early in 2017. Its first implementation is through an Evans & Sutherland Digistar 6 platform. Work is continuing with other planetarium vendors to incorporate it into their systems as well.
A major presentation on D2D was given at the IPS 2016 Conference in Warsaw, Poland. A story about the presentation appeared in the September 2016 Planetarian (Vol. 45 No. 3). You can also read a version of the paper here.