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Science  25 May 2001:
Vol. 292, Issue 5521, pp. 1474
DOI: 10.1126/science.292.5521.1474

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Astronomers around the world will get their first look at the Sloan Digital Sky Survey's treasure trove of information next month, when the survey opens up its database for the first time. Scientists who put their careers on hold to see the venture through (see main text) are jubilant. But although the Sloan survey may look like the epitome of big science, it was stitched together with small-science funds.