LSST has unique challenges as a distributed project. We use a variety of different communication tools, and remote participation in meetings is common. Being mindful of the limitations presented by these factors and making a conscious effort to be thoughtful and respectful will lead to more effective and inclusive communication. Use the following guidelines when communicating with others on the Project:
Instead, provide reasoned counter-arguments that improve the conversation. Discussions should be undertaken with respect, acknowledging that there may be no right answer.
And if you do mess up on any of these guidelines, don’t panic—we all make mistakes sometimes. Apologize, reflect, and move forward.
Thank you to Lucianne Walkowicz, the Data Science Fellowship Program for contributing resource documents and language to this policy.
Financial support for Rubin Observatory comes from the National Science Foundation (NSF) through Cooperative Support Agreement No. 1202910, the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science under Contract No. DE-AC02-76SF00515, and private funding raised by the LSST Corporation. The NSF-funded Rubin Observatory Project Office for construction was established as an operating center under management of the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA). The DOE-funded effort to build the the Rubin Observatory LSST Camera (LSSTCam) is managed by the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (SLAC).
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 to promote the progress of science. NSF supports basic research and people to create knowledge that transforms the future.
NSF and DOE will continue to support Rubin Observatory in its Operations phase. They will also provide support for scientific research with LSST data.
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