CIERA faculty Doug Roberts has blazed a trail in the integration of visualization and astronomical publishing with the creation of the first video abstract of a paper published by the American Astronomical Society. Roberts was co-author and worked closely with CIERA faculty and lead author Farhad Yusef-Zadeh on a paper published in Astrophysical Journal Letters entitled “Radio Continuum Observations of the Galactic Center: Photoevaporative Proplyd-like Objects near Sgr A*,” F. Yusef-Zadeh, D. A. Roberts, M. Wardle, W. Cotton, R. Schodel & M.J. Royster, The Astrophysical Journal Letters, Volume 801, Issue 2, article id. L26, 7 pp. (2015).
The video abstract is published with the online version of the paper at the publisher’s website. It was created entirely using WorldWide Telescope and represents initial steps of bringing visual representations of data and science results to people in interactive and video formats. This video abstract is available here on YouTube. If you have a copy of WorldWide Telescope, you can download, run, and edit the tour used to create the video.