Category Archives: user communities

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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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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Why Sustain Scientific Software?

This is the title of the keynote address given by Matt Turk (University of Illinois) at the 3rd Workshop on Sustainable Software for Science: Practice and Experiences (WSSSPE3), held in Boulder, CO, on September 28-29, 2015. This annual workshop aims to … Continue reading

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“Software Use in Astronomy: An Informal Survey” by Momcheva and Tollerud

This the title of a paper by Ivelina Momcheva and Erik Tollerud that was recently posted on astro-ph at http://arxiv.org/abs/1507.03989.  Between December 2014 and February 2015, they carried out an informal survey about software use in astronomy,  marketed mainly through social … 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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The Palomar Transient Factory: High Quality Realtime Data Processing in a Cost-Constrained Environment

This is the title of a paper by Surace et al. (2015) currently available on astro-ph and presented as a paper at ADASS XXIV in October 2014. The Palomar Transient Factory (PTF) is an example of a cost-constrained project that is … Continue reading

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