The Center for Astrophysics Web-Based Telescope Time Proposal System

D. J. Mink (Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory), D. J. Mink (SAO)
S. J. Kenyon (SAO)
B. J. Carter (SAO 1996-2003)


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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