The Future of astronomical archives: reaching out to and engaging broader communities. (arXiv:2001.03681v1 [astro-ph.IM])

The Future of astronomical archives: reaching out to and engaging broader communities. (arXiv:2001.03681v1 [astro-ph.IM])
<a href="http://arxiv.org/find/astro-ph/1/au:+DAbrusco_R/0/1/0/all/0/1">Raffaele D&#x27;Abrusco</a>, <a href="http://arxiv.org/find/astro-ph/1/au:+Becker_G/0/1/0/all/0/1">Glenn Becker</a>, <a href="http://arxiv.org/find/astro-ph/1/au:+McCollough_M/0/1/0/all/0/1">Michael McCollough</a>, <a href="http://arxiv.org/find/astro-ph/1/au:+Thong_S/0/1/0/all/0/1">Sinh Thong</a>, <a href="http://arxiv.org/find/astro-ph/1/au:+VanStone_D/0/1/0/all/0/1">David VanStone</a>, <a href="http://arxiv.org/find/astro-ph/1/au:+Winkelman_S/0/1/0/all/0/1">Sherry Winkelman</a>

The importance of archival science increases significantly for astrophysical
observatories as they mature and their archive holdings grow in size and
complexity. Further enhancing the science return of archival data requires
engaging a larger audience than the mission reference community, mostly because
of the growth of interest in multi-wavelength and transient/time variability
research. Such a goal, though, can be difficult to achieve. In this paper I
will describe a different approach to this question that, while minimizing
technological friction and leveraging existing services, makes archival
observations more accessible and increases our capability to proactively engage
astronomers on potentially interesting archival records. Inspired by this
strategy, the Chandra Data Archive team is working on two specific experimental
projects that will hopefully demonstrate their potential while contributing to
the maximization of the scientific return of the Chandra mission.

The importance of archival science increases significantly for astrophysical
observatories as they mature and their archive holdings grow in size and
complexity. Further enhancing the science return of archival data requires
engaging a larger audience than the mission reference community, mostly because
of the growth of interest in multi-wavelength and transient/time variability
research. Such a goal, though, can be difficult to achieve. In this paper I
will describe a different approach to this question that, while minimizing
technological friction and leveraging existing services, makes archival
observations more accessible and increases our capability to proactively engage
astronomers on potentially interesting archival records. Inspired by this
strategy, the Chandra Data Archive team is working on two specific experimental
projects that will hopefully demonstrate their potential while contributing to
the maximization of the scientific return of the Chandra mission.

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