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ABSTRACT

1.INTRODUCTION
1.1.Definitions and Caveats
1.2.The Types and Goals of Sky Surveys
1.3.The Data Explosion

2.A (VERY) BRIEF HISTORY OF SKY SURVEYS

3.A SYSTEMATIC EXPLORATION OF THE SKY
3.1.The Role of Technology
3.2.Data Parameter Spaces
3.3.Exploring the Parameter Spaces

4.CHARACTERISTICS AND EXAMPLES OF SKY SURVEYS
4.1.A Sampler of Panoramic Sky Surveys and Catalogs
4.2.Synoptic Sky Surveys and Exploration of the Time Domain
4.3.Towards the Petascale Data Streams and Beyond
4.4.Deep Field Surveys
4.5.Spectroscopic Surveys
4.6.Figures of Merit

5.FROM THE RAW DATA TO SCIENCE-READY ARCHIVES
5.1.Data Processing Pipelines
5.2.Source and Event Classification
5.3.Data Archives, Analysis and Exploration

6.CONCLUDING COMMENTS

APPENDIX: A PARTIAL LIST OF SKY SURVEYS, FACILITIES, AND ARCHIVES AS OF 2011

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