Gaia Sprints

hashtag: #GaiaSprint

A project to support exploration and scientific use of the Gaia Data Releases. The current release is Early Data Release 3.

next up: the 2022 Gaia DR3 Fête

Future events:

2022 Gaia DR3 Fête

2018 NYC Gaia Sprint

This page preserves the history from the 2018 NYC Gaia Sprint, which took place 2018 June 04 through 08 at the Flatiron Institute, a division of the Simons Foundation.


On the first day, all participants presented a slide from the jointly edited 2018 NYC Gaia Sprint Pitch Slides to introduce themselves, their skills, expertise, and their ideas for the week.

Before and during the meeting, we kept jointly edited 2018 NYC Gaia Sprint Running Notes that gathered information about homework solutions, intended projects, and breakouts.

On the last day, the wrap up was given from a jointly edited set of 2018 NYC Gaia Sprint Wrap-up Slides, which summarize the accomplishments made throughout the week.

The 2018 NYC Gaia Sprint and its satellite events in SEA and SB have in part resulted in the following publications:

Scientific Organizing Committee

Local Organizing Committee


The idea behind the Sprints is to bring together people who have an interest in timely scientific investigation and use of the Gaia Data. These are not traditional scientific meetings; they are intended to facilitate completion of first scientific papers. The Sprints are structured to support collaborative refinement and execution of (fairly) mature scientific ideas. It is hoped that new partnerships will form and lead to co-authored publications for the scientific literature ready or near-ready by the end of each Sprint.

Collaboration Policy

In addition to a general Code of Conduct, we require participants to agree to a Collaboration Policy that ensures transparency and openness at the Sprints:

All participants at every Gaia Sprint will be expected to openly share their ideas, expertise, code, and interim results. Project development will proceed out in the open, among participants and in the world.

Participants will be encouraged to change gears, start new collaborations, and combine projects. Any participant who contributes significantly to a project can expect co-authorship on resulting scientific papers, and any participant who gets signficant contributions to a project is expected to include those contributors as co-authors.

These rules make it inadvisable to bring proprietary data sets or proprietary code to any Sprint, unless the participant bringing such assets has the rights to open them or add collaborators.


We ask that any publications that were started or worked on during this Gaia Sprint include the following acknowledgements:

This project was developed in part at the 2018 NYC Gaia Sprint, hosted by the Center for Computational Astrophysics of the Flatiron Institute in New York City.

In addition, please make sure that you properly acknowledge the Gaia and DPAC teams, in according with their credit and citation instructions.

Satellite events:

2018 Gaia Sprint: Seattle Satellite

2018 Gaia Sprint: Santa Barbara Satellite

Previous events:

2018 DR2 Zero-Day Workshop

2017 Heidelberg Gaia Sprint

2016 NYC Gaia Sprint


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