What is The Space Library?
The Space Library is an initiative 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 with the small satellite community and piloted on SatNOGS, Libre Space’s open source network of satellite ground stations. We plan to assess the success of the pilot by seeking feedback from:
In order to facilitate these efforts, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has awarded Wolbach Library a grant of $390,634.00 with Daina Bouquin serving as PI.
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.
Image: NASA. 2016. ELaNa IX STMSat ISS Deployment. 2016. https://www.flickr.com/photos/145538433@N02/27939054484/