AAS 201st Meeting, January, 2003
Session 53. K-12 Astronomy Education and Public Outreach
Poster, Tuesday, January 7, 2003, 9:20am-6:30pm, Exhibit Hall AB

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[53.14] National Virtual Observatory Outreach: Preliminary findings of the qualitative survey conducted with artists and science museum professionals

N. Craig, R. Spitz, I. Hawkins (University of California, Berkeley, Space Sciences Lab), R. Malina (University of California, Berkeley, Space Sciences Lab.)

The National Virtual Observatory (NVO) can establish an effective and highly visible Education and Public Outreach (EPO) program that builds upon existing NASA EPO activities. The success of the NVO EPO program will be dependent on identifying potential users and their needs. There are a number of user communities that go beyond the traditional audiences served by NASA and NSF data-driven initiatives. Our aim is to assess these communities' interest in space science and astronomy, as well as enabling them to use the information presented on-line as part of large distributed databases that will be integrated by the NVO project, and to acquire knowledge about those fields of study. We have investigated - by means of a qualitative survey with selected representatives of the art and science museum professional communities - how NVO imagery, information, and tools can best engage these non-traditional users' communities. We present the preliminary findings of this survey highlighting these communities' unique perceptions on space science and astronomy which will help us to design more appropriate and efficient interfaces leading to better dissemination of knowledge about the Universe.

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