About Us

About Us

The challenges related to data volume, variety and velocity are similar in astronomy and Earth observations, with computer science as the common denominator. The BIG SKY EARTH Action aims at boosting the communication within and between disciplines by identifying and clustering relevant common solutions developed within research and industrial environments. These solutions can be aided by methodologies and tools for large distributed data management and processing, developed by computer scientists in academia or industry.For example, metadata is extensively exploited in multimedia Digital Asset Management to provide effective access to deep repositories of audio-visual content. This approach can contribute a valuable know-how to natural scientists working with similar type of data structures in large databases. Visual Analytics is another example of a growing field in computer science, with interesting implications for astronomy and Earth observation that inherently depend on visual datasets.

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WGs meeting in Skopje

WGs meeting in Skopje

BigSkyEarth COST Action organizes its next WGs meeting in Skopje, fYR Macedonia, on July 13-14, 2018, at the Faculty of Computer Science and Enginee¸ring (FCSE), Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje. The meeting aims and facilitating joint research efforts and finalizing the work on BigSkyEarth book. The workshop will be an opportunity to discuss possibilities for the continuation of BigSkyEarth network collaboration after the end of COST funding.

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The last call for Conference Grant Applications

The last call for Conference Grant Applications

The is the last call for Conference Grants that are aimed at supporting PhD students and ECI researchers from Participating ITC to attend international science and technology related conferences not specifically organised by the COST Action.

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The last call for Short Term Scientific Missions

The last call for Short Term Scientific Missions

This is the last call for Short Term Scientific Missions (STSM) within BigSkyEarth COST Action. Short Term Scientific Missions (STSM) are exchange visits aimed at supporting individual mobility, strengthening existing networks and fostering collaboration between researchers. A STSM should specifically contribute to the scientific objectives of the COST Action, whilst at the same time allowing those partaking in the missions to learn new techniques, gain access to specific data, instruments and/or methods not available in their own institutions/organisations.
STSM applicants must be engaged in an official research programme as a PhD Student or postdoctoral fellow or can be employed by, or affiliated to, an Institution or legal entity which has within its remit a clear association with performing research. The institutions/organisations where applicants pursue their main strand of research are considered as Home institutions. The Host institution is the institution/organisation that will host the successful applicant.

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Presentations from the BigSkyEarth workshop

Presentations from the BigSkyEarth workshop

BigSkyEarth COST Action organized its third workshop, with the topic “Big Data processing in the forthcoming era of ultra-high resolutions“, in Novi Sad, Serbia, on February 26-27, 2018. The workshop participants discussed the challenges that arise with the expansion of remote sensing market using UAVs and with the expansion of astronomical sky surveys and airborne astronomy. Here you can find some of the presentations given at the workshop.

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The XXX Canary Islands Winter School of Astrophysics

The XXX Canary Islands Winter School of Astrophysics

The XXX Canary Islands Winter School of Astrophysics, organized by the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC), focusses on Big Data Analysis in Astronomy. The School, to be held in San Cristobal de La Laguna (Tenerife, Spain) from 4 to 10 November 2018, will admit around 60-70 PhD students and young Post-Docs.

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Apply to the BigSkyEarth Training School 2018: GPU-based analytics and data science

Apply to the BigSkyEarth Training School 2018: GPU-based analytics and data science

BigSkyEarth is organising its 2018 Training School on “GPU-based analytics and data science” to be held at the Vicomtech Research Center, Spain, in April 3-9, 2018. Key practitioners from the astronomy, the Earth observation and the computer science domains will be participating in the School contributing the perspectives of both the academic and the industrial sector. Grants will be made available by the Action for a number of participants. The procedure for applying and for the selection of participants is described below.

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BigSkyEarth workshop in Novi Sad

BigSkyEarth workshop in Novi Sad

BigSkyEarth COST Action organizes its third workshop, with the topic “Big Data processing in the forthcoming era of ultra-high resolutions“, in Novi Sad, Serbia, on February 26-27, 2018, at the Faculty of Technical Sciences of the University of Novi Sad. The workshop participants will discuss the challenges that arise with the expansion of remote sensing market using UAVs and with the expansion of astronomical sky surveys and airborne astronomy. The workshop will be an opportunity to seek project collaborations and discuss funding opportunities.

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