Astronomical Digital Content

Leadership course at MIT, July 2014

A new Webbsite closer to the public

A new Webbsite closer to the public

Enciso Systems develops and operates the European Space Agency's website for the James Webb Space Telescope

The NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) will revolutionize astronomy. To keep the public updated, Djangoplicity is the content management system behind esawebb.org. More web content will be available after the Telescope reaches its final observation place.

The NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb Space Telescope will revolutionize astronomy. Launched on 25 December 2021, this powerful research marvel will provide a deeper view into the early Universe and it will enable astronomers to answer fundamental questions regarding our origin. Once the scientific results will be available, there is an imperative need for a website where the general public finds news, images and videos we love.

Djangoplicity [1] is the content management system behind esawebb.org. After a number of iterations with the ESA/Webb international team [2], the newly released website contains the following sections: 3D Model, Mission Overview, Fact Sheet, Nominal Deployment Sequence Video, Timeline, What’s New, and Social Media. Diego Palacios led the frontend development, Alejandro Vivas worked on the infrastructure configuration, Alejandro Vergara and David Ramirez composed the music, Juan-David Vargas coordinated the technical team, and Javier Enciso was the executive producer. Also, special acknowledgement to Edison Arango from Helix Software for his fantastic insights regarding backend configuration.

For me, space was always a mystery, in the best of ways. A source of knowledge waiting to be discovered, to unravel its mysteries. That is perhaps why science fiction literature fills that space in my life, since I did not dedicate myself to science, I chose the path of music. I am proud to be part of this great project that is JWST. Perhaps my contribution is not great, it is not even scientific, but I am sure it is a bridge between the impressive discoveries to come and the common people. From the moment the idea of creating thematic music for the project came up and I was added to the team, everything has flowed. Composing as a team, conceptualizing and producing the work that they will hear has been a process that I have enjoyed more than anticipated; I feel like this is my opportunity to give back to the universe how great I have received.” explains music composer Alejandro Vergara.

More web content will be available after the Telescope reaches its final observation place. Until then, please keep updated by following ESA/Webb on social media.

Notes

[1] Djangoplicity is an open-source, award-winning astronomical content management system based on Python’s Django framework.

[2] ESA/Webb international team includes: Antonella Nota, Bethany Downer, Marco Sirianni, and Nora Luetzgendorf.

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