Parking Lot of Ideas (ideas other than those brought up in BreakOut Sessions)

(written by Dinoj Surendran dinoj@cs.uchicago.edu)

 

- Costs of Viz - both time and money

- the way EPO partnerships happen

 

- searchable NASA database - minimize number of hoops to get into it - in addition to - see NVO registry, Doug Roberts' image search (currently just stereo) - should include email messages of people in connection with visualizations

- two problems : one of how to find NASA's stuff and one of knowing how to find other stuff

 

 - database of what? NVO registry

 

- rescuing old imagery - digitize all our imagery

- often at the end of  a mission, different mission scientists all disperse, and lots of stuff is left on the servers that others could use - would be good if NASA had some guidelines for how to close out missions so that things don't get lost for ever. Already done for scientific data eg in Planetary Sciences also stuff like visualizations, models, non-private memos -

 

- expand ways of using more visualizations - professional development

 

- ASTC

- hard to find activities for

- that was spacelink was - was taken down

 

 

- usefully and intelligently tag images

- visualizations are produced for multiple reasons - not connected to user's needs

- data formats and conversions

- providing data visualizations in context

- bandwidth problems for lasrge visualizations

- the general idea of who's out there and doing what

- network/communication of the community

- how do visitors make meaning of visualizations? How much research has been done into this?

- streamline education info

- community should connect

- design 'simple to enter' system to enter data

- tag 'type of media', 'contact'

- lots of the data produced along the way during producets seems to vanish (not the same as rescuing old stuff)

 

- building community

- astroviz mailing listserv - or expanding existing list,

- yellow pages

- Museum Visualization Alliance (developed from Mars Viz Alliance)

- sponsoring working groups AAS, ASP, AGU, SIGGRRAPH, IPS, regional planetarium transform, NSTA, ASTC

- sponsoring small travel grants for individuals to travel to different places

- NASA should have corporate memory, look at reports made in the past

- someone at NASA should be a devil's advocate - outreach ombudsman

- get NASA people into domes, play with stuff, do interns with planetariums

- NASA's opened paradox box

- develop a mechanism of welcoming new users, so that new high school teachers and planetarium staff knwo what resources are already out there.

- champions

 

- NASA public affairs not here, they should realize we are their best

  vehicle - March meetings of Focus Groups should have

 

- We should tell NASA on what we can do for them, not vice versa

 

- pay for people like KEvin at JPL that are bridges between science,

  visualizations, and outreach, someone to ask questions of "if we

  make this visualizaiton, how many people will use this?"

 

- how to connect people in public affairs/outreach with vis folks

- EPO missions are funded by science missions but usually talk with people in puclic in Education Office (colocated)

- notion that RFP's go out for EPO for each large science mission

- hook in with broker system - take advantage of the existing infrastructure

 

- brokers worry more with distributing products made by NASA, not developing new stuff - how to make e.g. JPL stuff better known to local schools

- brokers arent allowed, can't encouraged to produce stuff

 

 

- bad idea - e.g. 2008 LRO machine, six instruments, EPO for each one - overfragmented - too much money spent on staff, nothing on visualizations - on the other hand, some fragmentation is necessary - missions should have their own EPO so doesnt get killed in NASA politics

- NASA should look at the successful programs, learn from then, support them more e.g. HST, MER

 

- "informal (and formal) education is big business" - not enough money

 

- would be nice if each EPO had a list of products that they *should* disseminate - e.g. models, photographs