Project PHaEDRA: Preserving Harvard’s Early Data and Research in Astronomy
Wolbach Library, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, USA.
2 SAO/NASA Astrophysics Data System, USA.
3 Harvard College Observatory, Astronomical Photographic Plate Collection, USA.
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Published online: 27 July 2018
The staff of Wolbach Library, in collaboration with partners at both the Smith-sonian Institution and Harvard University, has begun a complex digitization and transcriptioneffort aimed at making a large collection of historical astronomy research more findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable (FAIR). This collection of material was originally produced from the mid-18th century through the early 20th century by researchers at the Harvard College Observatory and was recently re-discovered in the HCO Plate Stacks holdings. The team of professionals supporting the effort to make this century and a half old science FAIR have developed a novel, distributed workflow to ensure that people can engage critically with this material to the fullest extent possible. The project’s workflow is guided by the collections as data imperative conceptual frameworks and is now being referred to as Project PHaEDRA, or Preserving Harvard’s Early Data and Research in Astronomy.
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