Should you attend the 2nd Citizen Sky workshop?
We've had a couple of e-mails from folk wondering whether they should attend the 2nd Citizen Sky workshop. The focus of the workshop is on data analysis and scientific paper writing. Years 2 and 3 of the CS project will involve expanding our efforts to get the teams organized, working on projects and writing papers for the special edition of the Journal of the AAVSO dedicated to CS authors. The talks and video from the workshop will be archived online so people can use them for help in the future. So while some of the talks may be advanced, we aren't expecting people to be able to immediately understand everything they see and hear. Most of the data analysis sections will definitely be aimed at a newbie audience.
So ask yourself this: Are you interested in data analysis or paper writing? If so, then attend. You don't need to be good at it or even commit to doing it afterward (although that is, of course, our goal!). But if you have an interest, this is for you. I've never seen an amateur meeting of any scientific discpline cover this topic before. So it may be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. We have spent a lot of time choosing the right session topics and recruiting the best speakers in the game. The staff of Cal Academies will be doing the video so it should be of top quality compared to the last workshop. :)
Also, we have a limited number of travel grants (mostly $500) courtesy of the National Science Foundation. As before, if you get one you are required to do some E/PO activity that teaches what you learned to members of your local community. Click here for a list of activities participants did after the last workshop. You do not have to apply for the grants to attend. However, the Cal Academies has room for slightly fewer people than our last location, so you do want to register early to ensure a seat.
Feel free to post questions to this thread and we'll answer as soon as can. Hope to see many of you there!