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Indicators of the science impact of an observatory
Author(s): Sherry Winkelman; Raffaele D'Abrusco; Arnold Rots
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Paper Abstract

'What is the science impact of your observatory?' is the dreaded question most observatories face in one way or another. Classically, the number of science papers and citation rates of those papers are presented to show the science impact of an observatory with perhaps some download statistics thrown in for good measure. But a more expansive notion of science impact is needed to assess the most in uential types of science coming from the observatory. This necessarily leads to a deeper and broader look at the science being done with the obser- vatory's data. It encompasses notions of what kinds of observing programs will have long-lasting contributions to astronomy; what serendipitous science is being, or can be, performed with the observatory's archive; what unexpected science topics are being investigated with the observatory's data; or even, which sorts of targets need more exposure time. Observatory bibliographies can provide insight to these questions. In this presentation I will provide examples of how the extensive metadata connected to the Chandra Bibliography is being used to uncover the science impact of the Chandra X-ray Observatory (CXO) within the astronomical community. This work has been supported by NASA under contract NAS 8-03060 to the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory for operation of the Chandra X-ray Center (CXC).

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 July 2018
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 10704, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems VII, 1070418 (10 July 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2312630
Show Author Affiliations
Sherry Winkelman, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
Raffaele D'Abrusco, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
Arnold Rots, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10704:
Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems VII
Alison B. Peck; Robert L. Seaman; Chris R. Benn, Editor(s)

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