Category Archives: Open Source

Best Practices for a Future Open Code Policy

This week,  I am posting a copy of white paper prepared by Shamir et al., in response to a call from the National Academies, who are sponsoring a Task Force on “Best Practices for a Future Open Code Policy for … Continue reading

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The SAMI Data Archive: A Prototype of An Archive of the Future?

Astronomy data sets are not simply exploding in size – they are exploding in complexity too. Witness the data sets obtained from integral-field spectroscopy (IFS).  While the Sydney-AAO Multi-object Integral-field spectrograph (SAMI) survey has exceeded measurements of 1,000 galaxies, surveys such … Continue reading

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Brian Schmidt’s Keynote at ADASS XXV. October 27 2015.

This year’s Astronomical Data Analysis Software & Systems conference (ADASS XXV) is being held in Sydney, Australia, hosted by CAASTRO. Nobel Laureate Brian Schmidt delivered a keynote address about the impact of software and data access on astronomy. Fifty years … Continue reading

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Just How Should We Cite Astronomy Software?

The central importance of software in astronomy is generating debates on issues such as how software should be cited, how credit should be accorded to software practitioners, and how software should be preserved and created. The American Astronomical Society (AAS) publishing … Continue reading

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Toward a Framework for Evaluating Software Success

Many of us in the astronomical software business have been debating the best way to evaluate the quality of software and its success within its user community. Here is one proposal submitted by a group of us to the Computational Science … Continue reading

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Why developing research software is like a startup

This is the title of a keynote presentation by Neil Chue Hong (Director of the UK’s Software Sustainability Institute) at the International Symposium on Grids and Clouds 2015 in Taipei, Taiwan (March 15-20, 2015). Neil emphasizes the crucial point that … Continue reading

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A new blog on computational and software matters

My colleague Dan Katz has started a new blog, called Daniel S. Katz’s Blog and I wanted to take advantage of Astronomy Computing Today to recommend it to you. Dan is one of the team that built the Montage software. He … Continue reading

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Licensing Astrophysics Codes session at AAS 225

On Tuesday, January 6, the ASCL, AAS Working Group on Astronomical Software (WGAS), and the Moore-Sloan Data Science Environment sponsored a special session on software licenses, with support from the AAS. This subject was suggested as a topic of interest … Continue reading

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Collaborating With GitHub – 225th AAS Meeting

We are in the process of making the making the Montage mosaic engine accessible through GitHub, so it was good timing to attend the workshop on Collaborating With GitHub at the 225th American Astronomical Society (AAS) meeting in Seattle, WA … Continue reading

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