In addition to the Annual Call for Proposals, the OAD undertakes (with the support of visiting experts, partners etc.) and coordinates programs with specific focus that align with the strategic objectives of the office.
AstroSense started off as an OAD project led by Dr. Wanda Diaz-Merced, a blind astrophysicist and computer scientist who develops software to analyze astronomical data through sound. It has evolved into a project involving research and tools on making science and astronomy more accessible to everyone.
Data Science Toolkit
The toolkit aims to provide a foundation for a “common language” between data science and astronomy communities. The toolkit should help astronomers get a sense of the breadth of data science (as a field and in its applications) and to see where their skills and knowledge fit into this wider view; it should help data scientists and those in need of data scientists (e.g. companies, NGOs) see what astronomers can contribute.