Alyssa Goodman

Open Source on a Universal Scale: WorldWide Telescope

Alyssa Goodman

Talk: Open Source on a Universal Scale: WorldWide Telescope

Astronomy data has no economic value, which makes it tremendously valuable in testing models of information sharing. Astronomy data is also intrinsically beautiful, mystifying, and important, which inspires us to want to learn more about our Universe. The WorldWide Telescope is an immersive visualization environment that allows users access to the world’s store of online astronomical data. It can be used to answer questions about the Universe ranging from “where is Pluto and why isn’t a ‘planet’ anymore?” to “what is the true nature of the structure of the Milky Way?” Alyssa Goodman come to Google to discuss these questions and more.

Alyssa Goodman

Alyssa Ann Goodman is the Robert Wheeler Willson Professor of Applied Astronomy at Harvard University, Research Associate of the Smithsonian Institution, and the founding director of the Harvard Initiative in Innovative Computing.