The principal aim of the Fête is to gather a community of people who are actively thinking about Gaia science to develop and work on projects, visualizations, and explorations of data released in Gaia DR3. While there is no scientific focus, the theme of the Fête is stellar spectroscopy, as DR3 will provide entirely new kinds of data (compared to past Gaia data releases) in the form of moderate-resolution spectra with a small wavelength range (the RVS spectra) and low-resolution spectra with wide wavelength coverage (the BP/RP spectra).
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 and associated meetings:
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 significant 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.