IAU Working Group for Data–Driven Astronomy Education & Public Outreach (DAEPO)

With the development of many mega-science astronomical projects, for example CTA, DESI, EUCLID, FAST, GAIA, JWST, LAMOST, LSST, SDSS, SKA, and large scale simulations, astronomy has become a Big Data science. Astronomical data is not only necessary resource for scientific research, but also very valuable resource for education and public outreach (EPO), especially in the era of Internet and Cloud Computing.

The new Data Driven Astronomy Education and Public Outreach (DAEPO) Working Group was put together by Chenzhou Cui from National Astronomical Observatories, and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (NAOC). Chenzhou is also the PI of Chinese Virtual Observatory, and an Organising Committee Member of Commission B2. Based on my experience in astronomy e-Research and my involvement in the .Astronomy community, I was invited to join the working group as a Founding Member and IAU Associate.

The working group has the major objectives to:

  • Act as a forum to discuss the value of astronomy data in EPO, the advantages and benefits of data driven EPO, and the challenges facing to data driven EPO.
  • Provide guidelines, curriculums, data resources, tools, and e-infrastructure for data driven EPO.
  • Provide best practices of data driven EPO.

This working group is hosted at the IAU Division B (Facilities, Technologies and Data Science) Commission B2 (Data and Documentation), and organized jointly with Commission C1 (Astronomy Education and Development), Commission C2 (Communicating Astronomy with the Public), Office of Astronomy for Development (OAD), Office for Astronomy Outreach (OAO) and several other non IAU communities, for example IVOA Education Interest Group, American Astronomical Society Worldwide Telescope Advisory Board, Zooniverse project.