What is The Space Library?
The Space Library is an initiatiative led by the staff of Wolbach Library in collaboration with the Libre Space Foundation. Our goal is to help new communities participate in satellite missions, engender public engagement in space science, and to fuel new research by improving access to scientific research artifacts and supporting their reuse. To achieve this our team is developing open metadata standards and enabling public engagement with space technology in public libraries.
Space Library Projects
The Space Library has two projects underway that are being jointly executed by Wolbach Library and our project partners at the Libre Space Foundation:
MetaSat is a project to develop and prototype an open metadata schema to link data, software, and hardware from small satellite missions. The schema will be designed and piloted using SatNOGS, Libre Space’s open source network of satellite ground stations. We plan to assess the success of the pilot by seeking feedback from:
- groups currently running satellite missions
- groups planning missions
- groups with missions that have ended
- novices who have only a basic familiarity with satellite technologies
LSTN: Library Space Technology Network
To engage novices with the MetaSat schema and SatNOGS infrastructure, and for them to assess their capacity to use these technologies, we are installing SatNOGS ground stations at five public libraries. Installing ground stations in different library settings will enable our team to test the MetaSat schema’s ability to capture the full mission lifecycle from the perspective of novice participants in the ground station network and supplement feedback from people already participating in small satellite missions. These five libraries will be the first participants in LSTN. We plan to expand LSTN and develop educational resources to support libraries participating in LSTN pending the success of our pilot.
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation (https://sloan.org): Founded in 1934 by industrialist Alfred P. Sloan Jr., the Foundation is a not-for-profit grantmaking institution that supports high quality, impartial scientific research; fosters a robust, diverse scientific workforce; strengthens public understanding and engagement with science; and promotes the health of the institutions of scientific endeavor. In order to facilitate these efforts, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has awarded Wolbach Library a grant of $390,634.00.
Image: NASA. 2016. ELaNa IX STMSat ISS Deployment. 2016. https://www.flickr.com/photos/145538433@N02/27939054484/