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.Astronomy7: Countdown to Day Zero - Part 2

This morning I sent out the remaining .Astronomy7 Day Zero invites. After spending more than a week fretting about tutorial topics, venues and scheduling, everything just seemed to fall into place, as life usually does. It feels like it was yesterday that I first thought that Day Zero would be great for the next .Astronomy7. I can tell you exactly when I first thought  "if we ever have .Astronomy in Australia we should definitely run a pre-conference training day". It was part way through the .Astronomy6 conference and we were all walking from the Adler Planetarium to the pub for a few beers, and a bunch of were talking about the kind of skills everyone had. Then the following day or day after I caught the train and bus in with Demitri Muna (@demitrimuna) and we both agreed that it would be great to have at the next conference, and that we'd try our best to make that happen – at least this is how I remember it. I'm also certain that we weren't the only ones who thought that this would be a great idea.

So here we are, with five weeks to go before .Astronomy7 and I'm starting to wander what we've got ourselves into. Not really, it's going to be pretty great – I think – damn those high expectations.  So last week Amanda and I published a blog post on the .Astronomy website explaining our motivations and why we think it's important to run these types of training sessions for astronomers, and not just as a pre-conference activity. I also finally settled on some sort of vague schedule and plan for incorporating short tutorials into a giant hack. Since we have limited time (just one day) we've still got some things to figure out, but I'm hoping that this will be a collaborative process.

Keep you posted...

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.Astronomy7: Countdown to Day Zero – Part 1