In recent years, many fields of astronomy have benefited greatly from the concentration of observing time in a few select fields on the sky, in which broad wavelength coverage, deep photometry, and spectroscopic surveys are combined to enable qualitatively new kinds of scientific investigation. One of the most successful of these is the SDSS equatoral stripe, or Stripe 82, which has benefited from many epochs of photometry and an extensive spectroscopic campaign from all three SDSS surveys over 200 square degrees, as well as numerous observations with telescopes in other wavebands. This workshop will explore the science enabled by the many surveys of this piece of the sky, the technical challenges involved in making the most of such high-dimensional data, and lessons learned that may be applicable to future deep, multi-band surveys. A particular focus will be placed on providing a working environment for initiating collaboration across different projects an d sharing technical expertise.
The workshop will be held at the Astrophysics department of Princeton University on March 17-19, 2014. We intend for this to be a working meeting, with time set aside for informal and impromptu collaboration, and hands-on tutorials for access to public data products. Most talks will be invited, but there will be plenty of room for contributed poster presentations.