12 July 2008 Lessons learned from Sloan Digital Sky Survey operations
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Astronomy is changing. Large projects, large collaborations, and large budgets are becoming the norm. The Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) is one example of this new astronomy, and in operating the original survey, we put in place and learned many valuable operating principles. Scientists sometimes have the tendency to invent everything themselves but when budgets are large, deadlines are many, and both are tight, learning from others and applying it appropriately can make the difference between success and failure. We offer here our experiences well as our thoughts, opinions, and beliefs on what we learned in operating the SDSS.
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S. J. Kleinman, J. E. Gunn, B. Boroski, D. Long, S. Snedden, A. Nitta, J. Krzesiński, M. Harvanek, E. Neilsen, B. Gillespie, J. C. Barentine, A. Uomoto, D. Tucker, D. York, S. Jester, "Lessons learned from Sloan Digital Sky Survey operations", Proc. SPIE 7016, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems II, 70160B (12 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.789612; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.789612
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