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Astronomers generate too much information. They scan the sky with their instruments of ever-increasing resolution, building huge archives of observational data to be analyzed when they've used up their telescope time.

The problem with this is one of indexing and accessibility. The number, variety, and size of astronomical data sets makes knowing where and how to look an essential skill, and one that defies mastery.

That's the motivation for Astrogrid, a three year, £5 million project in the UK whose aims is to provide a common querying framework for the moutains (sorry--galaxies.) of data that are being accumulated.

More available from the BBC.

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