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README.md

IMPORTANT NOTE:

Feedback on the UAT should be submitted via the options listed in the CONTRIBUTING.md file.

Please note that this project is released with a Contributor Covenant Code of Conduct. By participating in this project you agree to abide by its terms.

ABOUT THE UAT:

This Unified Astronomy Thesaurus (UAT) is an open, interoperable and community-supported thesaurus which unifies the existing divergent and isolated Astronomy & Astrophysics thesauri into a single high-quality, freely-available open thesaurus formalizing astronomical concepts and their inter-relationships.

The UAT builds upon the existing IAU Thesaurus with major contributions from the Astronomy portions of the thesauri developed by the Institute of Physics Publishing and the American Institute of Physics. We expect that the Unified Astronomy Thesaurus will be further enhanced and updated through a collaborative effort involving broad community participation.

While the AAS has assumed formal ownership of the UAT, the work will be available under a Creative Commons License, ensuring its widest use while protecting the intellectual property of the contributors. We envision that development and maintenance will be stewarded by a broad group of parties having a direct stake in it. This includes professional associations (IVOA, IAU), learned societies (AAS, RAS), publishers (IOP, AIP), librarians and other curators working for major astronomy institutes and data archives.

More information and updates are available from http://astrothesaurus.org

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The Unified Astronomy Thesaurus is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. See LICENSE.md for details.

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The Unified Astronomy Thesaurus is an open, interoperable and community-supported thesaurus of astronomical and astrophysical concepts and their relationships.

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