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 FĂȘte

Future events:

2022 Gaia DR3 FĂȘte

2018 Gaia Sprint: Santa Barbara Satellite

This page preserves the history from the 2018 Gaia Sprint: Santa Barbara Satellite, which took place 2018 June 04 through 08 at the University of California, Santa Barbara in concert with the official NYC Sprint.


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

Publications that have in part resulted from the 2018 Gaia Sprint: Santa Barbara Satellite are listed on the 2018 NYC Gaia Sprint page.

Local Organizing Committee


In organizing the Satellite Sprint, we hope to 1) open the Gaia Sprint experience up to a larger audience, and 2) experiment with new ways of hosting engaging and useful collaborations in distributed locations simultaneously. The same objectives and rules of collaboration and participation apply at the Satellite Sprint.

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.

Parent event:

2018 NYC Gaia Sprint


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