15 July 2016 Sharing the skies: the Gemini Observatory international time allocation process
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Gemini Observatory serves a diverse community of four partner countries (United States, Canada, Brazil, and Argentina), two hosts (Chile and University of Hawaii), and limited-term partnerships (currently Australia and the Republic of Korea). Observing time is available via multiple opportunities including Large and Long Pro- grams, Fast-turnaround programs, and regular semester queue programs. The slate of programs for observation each semester must be created by merging programs from these multiple, conflicting sources. This paper de- scribes the time allocation process used to schedule the overall science program for the semester, with emphasis on the International Time Allocation Committee and the software applications used.
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Steven J. Margheim, Steven J. Margheim, "Sharing the skies: the Gemini Observatory international time allocation process", Proc. SPIE 9910, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems VI, 99100Y (15 July 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2233130; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2233130
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