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Keeping in touch

Because most planetarians are separated by considerable distances, we keep in contact with each other through a number of electronic resources.

The Live Interactive Planetarium Symposium (LIPS) is an annual event to learn, practice, and share skills and ideas for teaching live in any type of planetarium. Participants and interested planetarians are added to an email discussion group. Learn more at LIPSymposium.org. See also documents from past LIPS.

3D Planetarium of Città della Scienza in Naples The Dome Dialogues is a private Facebook group for members of the planetarium industry—both in the dome and out—to discuss the pressing matters that face our field. It is a place to share resources and best practices, and to support the incredible work being done in our community.

Since 20 March 2020, The Dome Dialogues has hosted a series of e-Conferences that were recorded and available on the Dome Dialogues external website and The Dome Dialogues Youtube Channel.

For upcoming e-Conferences, see The Dome Dialogues Facebook group or the IPS calendar of events, if you are not a Facebook user.

The most long-lived discussion list is Dome-L. It is IPS-sanctioned, but privately-run e-mail based daily information service for the world's planetarians.

Subscription to Dome-L is open to anyone with an active interest in the planetarium profession. Free and open discussion is encouraged and essential.

To subscribe, simply go to Planetarium Network and follow the instructions.

Rovy Branon, the current Dome-L moderator, reserves the right to refuse the posting of any article submitted to the list (but will give suggestions on how to make it acceptable).

Postings to Dome-L are welcome by commercial subscribers (vendors), but only as newsworthy items, and not just ad copy. If you have any questions about this, or any other issue pertaining to Dome-L, write to Rovy at rovy@planetarium.net .

See selected Dome-L Discussions.

Another popular list is the Fulldome Video Discussion Group, a private group of members of the planetarium, computer graphics, and visualization community interested in fulldome video technology.

The list is moderated by Ryan Wyatt at ryan@ryanwyatt.net; find out more at fulldome, "a site for the hemispherically obsessed."

A "friendly group for folks interested in building and/or operating a planetarium," this discussion group focuses on small planetarium, portable domes, and content suppliers. Go to https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/small_planetarium/info

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