2011 AAVSO Director’s Award for little old me

I was very happy, and humbled, to be told this week that I’m the recipient of the 2011 AAVSO Director’s Award for leading the development of VStar, an open source variable star data visualisation and analysis tool. It’s humbling when you look at the predecessors of the award.

You can learn more about VStar, and the context in which it got started, at CitizenSky. I have not developed VStar alone. I’ve had help from domain experts, AAVSO staff, and other developers.

If you want to try VStar, just click the green Download button on the SourceForge page. If you have Java 1.6 or higher installed on your Windows, Mac, Linux, or OpenSolaris machine, the latest version of VStar will be downloaded and run (via Java Web Start technology).

VStar is still an active, ongoing project. There’s plenty left to do. One key area of focus right now is the addition of a modelling capability and more period analysis functionality. If you are a developer looking for an interesting Science-related project to contribute to, try it out and have a look at the SourceForge bug & issue tracker to see if anything interests you.

Data analysis (e.g. finding periods in variable star data) is a growth area for amateur astronomers. VStar is growing into a tool that makes that easier to get into.

Now, back to coding… 🙂

4 Responses to “2011 AAVSO Director’s Award for little old me”

  1. Tim Ansell Says:

    Great work! A guy at work was playing VStar the other day, had no idea that it was your work.

    • dbenn Says:

      Hi Tim. Thanks! It’s nice to hear from you. I’m always keen to get feedback on VStar, so I’d be interested in any constructive criticism. There is still so much to be done to make this tool great. But it’s a solid base. It’s such a cool domain also.
      I hope things are going well for you.


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