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Paper: The Center for Astrophysics Web-Based Telescope Time Proposal System
Volume: 461, Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems XXI
Page: 197
Authors: Mink, D. J.; Kenyon, S. J.; Carter, B. J.
Abstract: A web-based telescope proposal processing system has been developed at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory to interactively process proposals by CfA users of the MMT, FLWO 1.2-, 1.3-, and 1.5-meter telescopes, and the Magellan telescopes into a standardized form. This system is based on one from NOAO, with the addition of more interactivity and feedback. Proposals are saved so that information does not have to be re-entered for long-term projects, and a single login per user instead of per project makes life easier for scientists with multiple observing projects. Proposals are grouped by instrument and telescope and presented to the the telescope Time Allocation Committee (TAC) both online and as hard-copies. Web pages are generated for each of the TAC members to enter their grades online. Software normalizes the grades and averages them into a final grade for each proposal. The grades are given to the TAC, which then meets and allocates the trimester's (semester's for Magellan) observing time according to these grades.
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