SCIMMA web conference Tuesday 10th November at 12:00 PDT

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Adam Brazier

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Nov 3, 2020, 10:12:49 AM11/3/20
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We invite you to join a public zoom conference for the SCIMMA project, on Tuesday 10th November 2020 at 12:-13:00 PDT (15:00-16:00 EDT). 

We will be hearing from Rachel Street, of the Los Cumbres Observatory, on:

Coordinating Time Domain Observing Programs: The TOM Toolkit and the Observatory Status System

The ability to coordinate observations across multiple telescopes is an increasingly important capability, particularly for alert-driven time-domain
astrophysics.  The workload of managing the flood of targets, observations and resulting data products can be substantial, and a number of groups have turned to software tools to assist with this task.  These Target and Observation Manager Systems (TOMs) offer powerful advantages to those teams, but the development effort required can be substantial.  The goal of the TOM Toolkit project is to provide a highly functional package to enable astronomers to easily build and customize TOM systems to the needs of their science.  I will describe the Toolkit, and give examples of some of the science teams making use of it.

But the availability of telescopes for observations is a crucial deciding factor in any observing program.  The recent shutdown of observing facilities due to the pandemic highlighted the importance of providing telescope users with this information in real-time.  The Observatory Status System is a prototype of a database-driven system for serving status information publicly. I will outline the system concept and demonstrate the implementation so far.


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Adam Brazier

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Nov 10, 2020, 11:55:49 AM11/10/20
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Just a reminder of today's talk from Rachel Street on "Coordinating Time Domain Observing Programs: The TOM Toolkit and the Observatory Status System", details quoted below.

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