Seamless Colloquium: Why the LSST will change astrophysics forever

Date: 

Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 2:30pm

Location: 

Pratt Conference Room, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, 60 Garden Street

Abstract: As the flagship next-generation optical survey telescope, LSST promises to be a significant instrument for a range of research domains. In this talk I'll discuss why LSST is uniquely placed to transform the way that researchers collaborate around research software and data.

Speaker: Arfon Smith is lapsed academic with a passion for new models of open scientific collaboration. He gained his PhD in astrochemistry from the University of Nottingham in 2006 and then went on to work as a senior software developer at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute - the site responsible for sequencing more than a third of the original human genome. In 2008 he moved to the University of Oxford and co-founded the Zooniverse (zooniverse.org) - a web based collaboration that has engaged millions of people in online citizen science. In October 2013 he joined GitHub Inc. to work on supporting researchers who are using the GitHub platform for capturing the process of scientific discovery.

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