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The International Glass Plates Group: A Resource for Astronomical Plate Preservation

Levine, Stephen and Bartlett, Jennifer Lynn and Kern, Barbara and Kron, Richard and Griffin, R. Elizabeth and Osborn, Wayne and Zrull, Lindsay S. and Long, Elisabeth and Painter, Joy and Baker, Thurburn (2022) The International Glass Plates Group: A Resource for Astronomical Plate Preservation. In: 240th Meeting of the American Astronomical Society, 12-16 June, 2022, Pasadena, CA.

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The International Glass Plates Group is a recently formed gathering that includes astronomers, librarians, historians, curators and others with representation from a host of countries. What has brought us together is our assumed curatorship of collections of astronomical photographic plates and associated records that were once open resources in our respective departments and observatories. Some of the collections reach back a century or more. The Group meets monthly to share information, experiences and ideas, to understand and evaluate the potential of the collections or individual items, and to work out a strategy for moving forward to make these data discoverable, accessible, and usable. Each month, an IGPG subgroup presents a topic, via Zoom after which discussion ensues. The discussion topics have covered preservation practices; transcribing metadata from observing logbooks and assembling this information in searchable form; digitization methods; building a census of collections; scientific use cases; accessibility of the contents of the collections to external researchers; and much more. We are working to inform ourselves of other relevant efforts, and we are taking advantage of communities with aligned interests. In addition, the Group is planning an in-person, 3-day conference in May 2023. Overall, the Group provides a forum to explore solutions to common problems. This poster describes Group activities to encourage interest by newcomers and to identify opportunities for wider collaborations.

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Additional Information:Bartlett is grateful to James W. Kinnear for supporting her work with photographic plates during the 2021-2022 academic year through funding of the Kinnear Chair at US Naval Academy. She also appreciated the generosity of a bequest made by the late Professor William Smedley and of the US Naval Academy Foundation for financial assistance in attending the 240th meeting of the American Astronomical Society.
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Deposited By: Joy Painter
Deposited On:16 Jun 2022 23:02
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