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Collaborative Workspaces to Accelerate Discovery

  • Bernard Meade (a1) (a2), Christopher Fluke (a1), Jeff Cooke (a1), Igor Andreoni (a1) (a3) (a4), Tyler Pritchard (a1), Christopher Curtin (a1), Stephanie R. Bernard (a5), Albany Asher (a1), Katherine J. Mack (a3) (a5) (a6), Michael T. Murphy (a1), Dany Vohl (a1), Alex Codoreanu (a1) (a3), Srđan M. Kotuš (a1), Fanuel Rumokoy (a5), Chuck Horst (a7) and Tristan Reynolds (a5)...

Abstract

By applying a display ecology to the Deeper, Wider, Faster proactive, simultaneous telescope observing campaign, we have shown a dramatic reduction in the time taken to inspect DECam CCD images for potential transient candidates and to produce time-critical triggers to standby telescopes. We also show how facilitating rapid corroboration of potential candidates and the exclusion of non-candidates improves the accuracy of detection; and establish that a practical and enjoyable workspace can improve the experience of an otherwise taxing task for astronomers. We provide a critical road test of two advanced displays in a research context—a rare opportunity to demonstrate how they can be used rather than simply discuss how they might be used to accelerate discovery.

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