How we work

Deep Skies Terms of Collaboration


We are a community that fosters knowledge transfer for the accelerated application of artificial intelligence to astronomical challenges.

By joining the community, you agree to abide by our codes of conduct and policies of collaboration, which are detailed below.


  1. Conduct:
    1. We strive for and require the respectful treatment of all of our colleagues. Therefore, we do not tolerate any kind of bullying or harassment in our community. This is a community dedicated to inclusive behavior, which acknowledges the need, as well as advocates for, the equitable treatment of all members of our community. This includes all axes of human identity related to age, race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, sexuality, physical ability/accessibility. It also includes equal respect and equitable support for early-career participants.
    2. If a problem arises, please contact one of the community conveners.
      1. Brian Nord (
      2. Josh Peek (
      3. Camille Avestruz (
  2. Project Activity:
    1. Those who initiate and manage projects have final say regarding who they would like to participate and in which capacity.
    2. Projects may be private or public.
    3. To search for a project, feel free to introduce yourself in the #General channel and ask if anyone is interested in collaboration.
  3. Authorship:
    1. We are a community committed to fostering open lines of communication between astronomers, cosmologists, and deep learning enthusiasts and experts.
    2. Because of this, we ask all members to be generous with authorship on projects that come out of the community.
      1. If someone has provided code or text for a publication, offer them an opt-in opportunity to co-author the work.
      2. If someone’s ideas and feedback have been instrumental to your results, we require that you include them in either co-authorship or acknowledgements.
      3. We request that a section outline the respective contributions of the authors.  Authors opting into co-authorship should provide a brief description of their contributions.  See example in Mao+18 before appendix that begins, “The contributions from the authors are listed below…”
  4. Acknowledgments:
    1. We request that you acknowledge the “Deep Skies Lab” if you benefited from participation in our community — i.e., you discussed a project in the Slack Channel. Please use the following text for this acknowledgment:

      We acknowledge the Deep Skies Lab as a community of multi-domain experts and collaborators who’ve facilitated an environment of open discussion, idea-generation, and collaboration. This community was important for the development of this project.

The following activities, behaviors, or actions will cause your participation in Deep Skies to be subject to suspension or cancellation.

  1. Sharing ideas outside of the Deep Skies community without the clearly expressed permission of those who brought them to you.
    1. This is critical for the protection of early-career scientists and Junior faculty in this increasingly competitive academic and technical environment —  i.e., in the area of advanced algorithms. We seek to both protect our colleagues and foster a more collaborative environment.
    2. This is intended for everyone’s benefit, and will help us all make accelerated progress on our science. It usually just consists of a chat with the people with whom you’ve been working with. We’re happy to help mediate or convene this discussion. We have experience!
  2. Initiate, continue, or participate in behavior that is discriminatory, disrespectful, or exclusionary along any of the axes listed above in 1b.