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What is an observation?
We should define what is and is not considered an observation. The first criteria is using a scientific instrument to observe a targeted object(s) of interest or to perform a broad survey. Analyzing the data and searching for signals is the important second step. Finally this "observation" needs to published to the public in some form or other. What do we want to define "published" to be? A scientific journal, conference proceedings, or just any mention on the web? - SigBlips 11:52, 15 May 2012 (PDT)