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data2dome brings your "dark data" sources into the light so planetariums can easily find and use them to inspire their audiences

It's as easy as 1, 2, 3:
  1. Add AVM metadata to your data
  2. License your data and metadata so planetariums can use them freely (preferably under a Creative Commons license)
  3. Publicize your data and metadata via a Data2Dome JSON file

We'll do the rest!



JSON Feeds

Meta feeds
  1. Data2Dome.org meta feed
  2. ESO.org meta feed

These feeds contain generic information about the content provider (name, logo, description, etc.), as well as a list of the available data feeds available along with the names and types.

  1. A presenter needs an image of the Wolf-Rayet object WR 124.
  2. Search funcationality within Data2Dome-compliant planetarium software allows the presenter to easily filter for Hubble thumbnail images and find the relevant assets.
  3. The presenter selects a desired 3.8 MB 1300 pixel image which is displayed on the dome after download.
  1. A presenter needs a video of the super-Earth 55 Cancri e.
  2. Search funcationality within Data2Dome-compliant planetarium software allows the presenter to easily filter for Hubble thumbnail videos and find the relevant assets.
  3. The presenter selects a desired 100 MB Ultra HD H.265 video which is displayed on the dome after download.
  1. A presenter needs an image of the Flame Nebula.
  2. Search funcationality within Data2Dome-compliant planetarium software allows the presenter to easily filter for ESO thumbnail images and find the relevant assets.
  3. The presenter selects a desired 145 MB 7000 x 9000 pixels image which is displayed on the dome after download.
  1. A presenter needs a video of a fly-around of a globular cluster.
  2. Search funcationality within Data2Dome-compliant planetarium software allows the presenter to easily filter for ESO thumbnail videos and find the relevant assets.
  3. The presenter selects a desired 9.4 GB 4k video which is displayed on the dome after download.
  1. A presenter needs music to accompany a presentation.
  2. Search funcationality within Data2Dome-compliant planetarium software allows the presenter to easily filter for ESO low-res audio clips and find the relevant assets.
  3. The presenter selects a desired 20 MB wav file which can be played back after download.
  1. A content creator needs a simplified model of a specific spacecraft.
  2. Search funcationality within Data2Dome-compliant planetarium software allows the content creator to easily filter and find the relevant assets.
  3. The content creator selects a desired 12 MB OBJ file to download.


Example Use Cases

  1. An Earth-like extrasolar planet is announced by NASA.
  2. Within hours, a human curator finds the press release interesting and features it.
  3. The Data2Dome JSON file is updated within minutes to contain the new press release metadata and links to assets.
  4. Data2Dome-compliant planetarium software detect the update and display it in the GUI.
  5. A lecturer thinks this is relevant news, flies to the host star, downloads assets and presents them to the audience.
  1. Tonight is a lunar eclipse!
  2. The date-specific event temporarily ranks higher in the Data2Dome-compliant planetarium software GUI.
  3. The presenter selects the event.
  4. The associated assets (images, flat videos and fulldome videos) are downloaded, automatically distributed to all render nodes of the planetarium system and available for instant presentation. Furthermore, the lecturer is supplied with background information concerning the event, such as the times of key milestones.
  1. It's July 20 (anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing).
  2. The date-specific event temporarily ranks higher in the Data2Dome-compliant planetarium software GUI.
  3. The associated assets (images, flat videos and fulldome videos) are downloaded, automatically distributed to all render nodes of the planetarium system and available for instant presentation. Furthermore, the lecturer is supplied with background information concerning the Apollo 11 lunar landing.
  1. An important event like the Chelyabinsk meteorite fall takes place.
  2. Intense real-time media coverage begins and public interest grows.
  3. While a traditional press release is being formalized, a blog post or tweet containing a link to a high-resolution video of the Chelyabinsk event is published in a Data2Dome feed.
  4. Due to its importance and current media coverage, the event ranking soars and is soon listed prominently in the Data2Dome-compliant planetarium software GUI.
  5. Presenters are quickly made aware of relevant worldwide events and provded assets to easily display on domes soon after the event.