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Community Building Through Software Design

This the title of a very interesting talk (which I wish I had given myself!) by Jed Brown of CU Boulder at the 2017 NSF SI2 meeting. Jed is involved in writing code for the Portable, Extensible Toolkit for Scientific … Continue reading

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A guide to sustainability models for research software projects.

.. subtitled “How can we find funding for our open source project?” This is a GitHub page started by my colleague Dan Katz of NCSA. This is a living document that lists, with examples, techniques for sustaining software once initial … Continue reading

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Defending Science and Scientific Integrity in the Age of Trump

This week’s blog is a little off my usual beat, but in the current climate, I think it’s a good choice.  This is a 75 minute podcast, prepared by Robert Frederick of American Scientist, of a panel discussion held at … Continue reading

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Free the Science: One Scholarly Society’s bold vision for open access and why it matters now more than ever

This is a repost of a very interesting article by Ellen Finnie in  the IO:In The Open Blog. Ellen is a member of the ECS Group of Advisory Librarians (EGALs). The Electrochemical Society, a small nonprofit scholarly society founded in 1902, has … Continue reading

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Spherical Panoramas for Astrophysical Data Visualization

This is the title of a paper by Brian Kent (NRAO), which has been accepted for publication in the PASP Special Focus Issue: Techniques and Methods for Astrophysical Data Visualization. You can download the paper from arXiv at https://arxiv.org/abs/1701.08807 .(I … Continue reading

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From The Front Lines of SPIE Astronomical Telescopes and Instrumentation 2016

I attended the SPIE meeting on Astronomical Telescopes and Instrumentation in Edinburgh, Scotland from June 26 through July 1, and I am sharing my views on the conference presentations. Approximately 2,000 astronomers, software engineers and instrumentation specialists crowded the Edinburgh … Continue reading

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Astronomy Software (1986)

I admit that I have soft spot for these old videos. This one is from 1986. Now, the interfaces may seem primitive, yet the calculations are quite sophisticated – these types of programs are just as useful today.  

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