"Data mining" is a phrase used to describe the activity of performing research solely by using preexisting data. The American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO) is an amateur astronomy research organization that participates in a wide variety of research, education and technology initiatives. This web site is meant to support the AAVSO membership and astronomers in general in their data mining activities.
- Educating people on data mining, data sources and the skills and technology necessary to work with it.
- Providing assistance to large-scale surveys in achieving their research goals.
- Doing research and writing papers.