New Organizations to Support Astroinformatics and Astrostatistics

New Organizations to Support Astroinformatics and Astrostatistics by Eric D. Feigelson, Željko Ivezić, Joseph Hilbe, Kirk D. Borne.


In the past two years, the environment within which astronomers conduct their data analysis and management has rapidly changed. Working Groups associated with international societies and Big Data projects have emerged to support and stimulate the new fields of astroinformatics and astrostatistics. Sponsoring societies include the Intenational Statistical Institute, International Astronomical Union, American Astronomical Society, and Large Synoptic Survey Telescope project. They enthusiastically support cross-disciplinary activities where the advanced capabilities of computer science, statistics and related fields of applied mathematics are applied to advance research on planets, stars, galaxies and the Universe. The ADASS community is encouraged to join these organizations and to explore and engage in their public communication Web site, the Astrostatistics and Astroinformatics Portal (this http URL).

I don’t suppose that any of the terminology is going to change as astroinformatics and astrostatistics develop. Do you?

Whether any of us will be clever enough to capture those changes as they happen, as opposed to large legacy data projects remains to be seen.

Do visit: Astrostatistics and Astroinformatics Portal ( There are a large number of exciting resources.

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