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October 2013  •  Volume 6 Number 3

LSST Review Season

Go ahead, review me

Another day, another review!

The sign on Data Management Subsystem Project Manager Jeff Kantor’s door says it all. In preparation for the NSF Final Design Review scheduled for later this month, LSST has conducted 21 formal external reviews of its program policies or component parts in the 2013 calendar year. Some of the elements that have been reviewed are photometric calibration, image simulation, database architecture, risk management processes, the project safety program, and the active optics system.

Each review has engaged a panel of experts external to the project who have evaluated system designs, documentation, and processes. After the conclusion of each review, the review panel has provided the project with a formal, written response addressing specific points from a written charge. The system being reviewed then provided a formal, written response to the panel’s comments and recommendations. Both the panel reports and the project responses are posted to the individual reviews’ dedicated websites. The list of reviews conducted and links to their individual review websites can be accessed from the Review Hub page of the project’s intranet website.

The results of these reviews have been invaluable both for confirming the appropriateness of designs and processes and for refining documentation and the way in which the project communicates its messages.

Now, on to the next review…

Article written by Robert McKercher


LSST is a public-private partnership. Funding for design and development activity comes from the National Science Foundation, private donations, grants to universities, and in-kind support at Department of Energy laboratories and other LSSTC Institutional Members:

Adler Planetarium; Argonne National Laboratory; Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL); California Institute of Technology; Carnegie Mellon University; Chile; Cornell University; Drexel University; Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory; George Mason University; Google, Inc.; Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics; Institut de Physique Nucleaire et de Physique des Particules (IN2P3); Johns Hopkins University; Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology (KIPAC) – Stanford University; Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network, Inc.; Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL); Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL); National Optical Astronomy Observatory; National Radio Astronomy Observatory; Princeton University; Purdue University; Research Corporation for Science Advancement; Rutgers University; SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory; Space Telescope Science Institute; Texas A & M University; The Institute of Physics of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic; The Pennsylvania State University; The University of Arizona; University of California at Davis; University of California at Irvine; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; University of Michigan; University of Pennsylvania; University of Pittsburgh; University of Washington; Vanderbilt and Fisk Universities

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