National Science Foundation EAGER grant funding
In November 2019, University of Chicago received a National Science Foundation Early-Concept Grant for Exploratory Research (EAGER) grant (AST-2101781) to research, analyze and develop methods and procedures that utilize low-barrier/financially accessible equipment to digitize glass plates for scientific and historical use, investigate and develop a simplified approach to transcribing complex data from logbooks, and to determine how to make data from plates and logbooks accessible and usable by researchers and historians worldwide.
The goal of this grant is to facilitate time-domain astronomy by establishing a set of scalable and cost-effective practices to promote the digitization of data held in astronomical glass plate collections around the world. These efforts will unlock hundreds of years worth of irreplaceable, unreproducible astronomical observations and make them broadly available to researchers across disciplines.
Featured research results
Digitization, Measurement, and Analysis of a 1905 Barnard Atlas Photographic Plate
Rowen Glusman et al 2022 PASP 134 094503
Precise Photometric Measurements from a 1903 Photographic Plate Using a Commercial Scanner
William Cerny et al 2021 PASP 133 044501
Support for this project comes from the National Science Foundation (Grant AST-2101781), University of Chicago College Innovation Fund, John Crerar Foundation, Kathleen and Howard Zar Science Library Fund, Institute on the Formation of Knowledge, and Yerkes Future Foundation.