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Lessons learned from Sloan Digital Sky Survey operations
Author(s): S. J. Kleinman; J. E. Gunn; B. Boroski; D. Long; S. Snedden; A. Nitta; J. Krzesiński; M. Harvanek; E. Neilsen; B. Gillespie; J. C. Barentine; A. Uomoto; D. Tucker; D. York; S. Jester
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Paper Abstract

Astronomy is changing. Large projects, large collaborations, and large budgets are becoming the norm. The Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) is one example of this new astronomy, and in operating the original survey, we put in place and learned many valuable operating principles. Scientists sometimes have the tendency to invent everything themselves but when budgets are large, deadlines are many, and both are tight, learning from others and applying it appropriately can make the difference between success and failure. We offer here our experiences well as our thoughts, opinions, and beliefs on what we learned in operating the SDSS.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 July 2008
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7016, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems II, 70160B (12 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.789612
Show Author Affiliations
S. J. Kleinman, Gemini Observatory (United States)
J. E. Gunn, Princeton Univ. (United States)
B. Boroski, Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (United States)
D. Long, Apache Point Observatory (United States)
S. Snedden, Apache Point Observatory (United States)
A. Nitta, Gemini Observatory (United States)
J. Krzesiński, Akademia Pedagogiczna w Krakowie (Poland)
M. Harvanek, Lowell Observatory (United States)
E. Neilsen, Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (United States)
B. Gillespie, Apache Point Observatory (United States)
J. C. Barentine, Univ. of Texas (United States)
A. Uomoto, Observatories of the Carnegie Institution of Washington (United States)
D. Tucker, Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (United States)
D. York, Univ. of Chicago (United States)
S. Jester, Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7016:
Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems II
Roger J. Brissenden; David R. Silva, Editor(s)

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