Gaia Sprints

hashtag: #GaiaSprint

A project to support exploration and scientific use of the Gaia Data Releases. The current release is Data Release 2.

next up: the 2019 Santa Barbara Gaia Sprint

2019 March 25 through 29

At the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics.

2018 DR2 Zero-Day workshop

This page preserves the history from the 2018 Gaia DR2 Zero-Day Workshop which took place 2018 April 25 through 27 at the Flatiron Institute, a division of the Simons Foundation.


This meeting was improvised last-minute, but ended up with over 70 participants. The workshop has in part resulted in the following publications:

Local Organizing Committee


The idea behind the Workshop was to develop timely scientific investigations with the Gaia Data.

Collaboration Policy

In addition to a general Code of Conduct, the workshop ran under 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 Workshop include the following acknowledgements:

This project was developed in part at the NYC Gaia DR2 Workshop at the Center for Computational Astrophysics of the Flatiron Institute in 2018 April.

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

Previous events:

2017 Heidelberg Gaia Sprint

2016 NYC Gaia Sprint


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