Monthly Archives: April 2014

What makes computational open source software libraries successful?

This is the title of a paper by Wolfgang Bangerth and Timo Heister, which appeared in Computational Science and Discovery, 6 (2013)  (you may need an account with IOP to download it).  They are mathematicians with many years experience in … Continue reading

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Creating and evaluating data management plans

At the request of the Editor of the Astronomy Source Code Library (ASCL),  I am reproducing this post by Jonathan Petters, Data Management Consultant, Johns Hopkins Data Management Services. In a recent discussion on preservation and sharing of research data, … Continue reading

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So exactly why do you blog, Bruce?

And does it provide any benefits? And is it a sink of time? I have been asked these questions on a number of occasions, even though the topic is a bit off the beaten track, I thought the questions merited … Continue reading

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The Theoretical Astrophysical Observatory: Cloud-Based Mock Galaxy Catalogues

Bernyk et al. (2014) (MNRAS 2014 on press; astro-ph preprint here) have described a much needed on-line service that I am sure many astronomers will welcome, the Theoretical Astrophysical Observatory (TAO), described as an “on-line an online virtual laboratory that houses … Continue reading

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