On behalf of the Transient and Variable Stars science collaboration, we would like to create a data challenge to develop techniques to
characterize alerts. This includes what alert data are
necessary/sufficient to characterize them as well as what ancillary
data (beyond what LSST provides) are necessary/sufficient.
We need the community to contribute data on their favorite objects
(multi-band light curves are highly desired) as well as what other
contextual information is useful for characterization. Contextual
information includes nearby objects, multi-wavelength associations,
The ultimate goal is to generate a set of features for transient and
variable objects that will enable rapid characterization for futher
follow up and, eventually, more detailed classification.
We will collect data here: