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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Call for Conference Grant Applications

Call for Conference Grant Applications

Conference Grants 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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WG3&4 Meeting in Bulgaria: working on joint projects and books

WG3&4 Meeting in Bulgaria: working on joint projects and books

BigSkyEarth is organizing a Working Group meeting in Kamchia, Bulgaria, on October 12 & 13, 2017. The meeting’s main focus will be the work on joint projects and books and online repository. The meeting is hosted by the Institute of Mathematics and Informatics of the Bulgarian Academy of Science.

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WG1&2 Meeting in Prague: toward joint projects and books

WG1&2 Meeting in Prague: toward joint projects and books

BigSkyEarth is organizing a Working Group meeting in Prague, on June 30 & July 1, 2017. The meeting combines presentations on astroinformatics advancements and discussions on joint research projects, books and training material. The first day is shared with the Astroinformatics Symposium at EWASS conference, while the second day is mostly focused on work toward possible joint projects and BigSkyEarth research book and repository of training materials.

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Call for Short Term Scientific Missions

Call for Short Term Scientific Missions

This is a 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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Apply to the BigSkyEarth Training School 2017: Visualization for large scale analytics

Apply to the BigSkyEarth Training School 2017: Visualization for large scale analytics

BigSkyEarth is organizing a Training School on “Visualization for large scale analytics” to be held at the University of Central Lancashire, UK, on April 3-8, 2017. A diverse set of 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 students.

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BigSkyEarth Workshop in Sopron

BigSkyEarth Workshop in Sopron

BigSkyEarth COST Action organizes its second workshop, with the topic “Big Data processing and management concepts for new platforms“, in Sopron, Hungary, on February 23-24, 2017. The workshop participants will discuss the future of Big Data platforms in Earth Observations and astronomy, suggest how to expand their work into larger collaborations and seek potential research partners among the workshop participants (if you wonder, here is why your company should join BigSkyEarth)

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GalaxyFlyer – an interactive visualisation of a billion of particles

GalaxyFlyer – an interactive visualisation of a billion of particles

GalaxyFlyer is cross-platform software to render real-time visualisations of arbitrary simulations with up to 109 particles (stars, gas, dark matter or other data representable by particles).

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