2019 ANASAC Face-to-Face Meeting
The goals and initiative of this meeting will be:
There will be less focus on the NA ARC
- To offer better preparation to the ANASAC for the ASAC
- Give a more global view of ALMA progress and topics
- Prepare the ANASAC for the upcoming IVC meetings
(Please see supporting documentation and ARC specific items will be in italics
ALMA related topics that will be discussed at this meeting:
- Overall user experience from proposal preparation to data delivery
- ALMA Archive access including archive researchers on the roadmap in ALMA 2030
- Distributed Peer Review starting in Cycle 7
- Changes to the Cycle 7 Pipeline improvements & priorities for Cycle 8 Pipeline
- Raw Data Delivery Pilot Program
Here is the current list of charges that we will be discussing:
- ANASAC AdHoc Charge #1: Scientific outcomes and impact from all Cycles. Is North America doing well - what are the challenges and are there specific actions that might increase scientific impact?
- ANASAC AdHoc Charge #2: Assess the status of observations and progress made towards future Cycles. Are the data meeting user expectations? Are the data being released to the PIs in a timely fashion?
- ANASAC AdHoc Charge #3: The fifth Call for ALMA Development Studies/NA just ended, as did the Call for ALMA Development Projects/NA. Please comment on the process, which was accompanied by specific suggestions ('ALMA2030') developed by ASAC and by reports from previous Studies.
And there are the following ANASAC Standing Charges:
- To assist ASAC in presenting a North American view with respect to ASAC Charges (should they exist)
- To lead community outreach through leadership of workshops.
- To provide a mechanism for widening ALMA's base within the community and feedback to the NAASC on community perception of ALMA.
- Evaluation of the ALMA Proposal Process: Current Cycle and ACA Supplemental Call.
ASAC Permanent Charges:
- Assessment of the performance of ALMA scientific capabilities: ASAC shall indicate what information is required from the Joint ALMA Observatory (JAO) to perform this assessment.
- Assessment of the technical aspects of the ALMA system performance: ASAC shall indicate what information is required from the JAO to perform this assessment.
- Assessment of the science outcomes from ALMA: Statistics on publications, citations, press releases, web sites, etc. collected by the Executives shall be collated by the JAO, and analyzed by the ASAC.
- Recommendations of ways to maximize ALMAs scientific impact: This includes review of the scientific effectiveness of the Proposal Review Process after each Proposal cycle.
- Reporting on operational or scientific issues raised by the wider community as communicated by the three regional Science Advisory Committees (ANASAC, ESAC and EASAC).
- Assessment of the scientific impacts of the ALMA Development Program, and particularly of new projects that are proposed.
ASAC Current AdHoc
- The ASAC should identify the main science cases that would require joint observing proposals between ALMA and other facilities, especially JWST.
Within the broad assessment, the ALMA International Visiting Committee is asked specifically to assess and comment on:
- The status of ALMA as compared to its original, level-one science goals.
- Is ALMA performing satisfactorily towards its steady-state and full operations definitions?
- Are the performance goals for the next 5 years consistent with the mission of the Observatory?
- Is the Observatory organized, budgeted and operated to carry out its mission most effectively and to provide high-quality scientific data products to the astronomical community?
- Is the ALMA Development Vision appropriate to maintain ALMA as the state-of-the-art and world leading facility for millimeter/submillimeter astronomy?
Tuesday, June 4
- 08:30 09:00 Executive session (closed)
- 09:00 09:15 Welcome (Beasley)
- 09:15 09:45 NAASC Status(Remijan)
- NAASC Goals for 2019 including NA planning for the IVC and the f2f visit in July
- 09:45 10:30 Discussion - IVC Process and Planning
10:30 - 10:45 BREAK
- 10:45 11:15 Science Overview/Publications (Remijan)
- 11:15 11:45 Discussion - NA Publication Rates
- ANASAC Standing Charge #2 & 3
- ANASAC Ad Hoc Charge #1
- 11:45 12:15 ALMA Capabilities including Distributed Peer Review- Plans for Cycle 8+ (Vlahakis)
- 12:15 13:00: Discussion - Distributed Peer Review
- ANASAC (Standing) Charge #4 & Distributed Peer Review evaluation criteria/planning for Cycle 7+
13:00 14:00 LUNCH
16:00 - 16:15 BREAK
- The Shops @ Stonefield Route 29 & Hydraulic Rd
- Charlottesville, VA