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Astropy Project Coordination Meeting

Meeting October 9-10, 2012   Sprints October 11, 2012

This meeting is intended to coordinate development and advocacy efforts for the Astropy Project. The Astropy Project is a process intended to facilitate communication and interoperability of python packages/codes in astronomy and astrophysics.

The agenda will include:

  • The current state of the Astropy core package:
    • Overview of current subpackages
    • What subpackages need to be improved?
    • What new subpackages need to be made?
    • How should we phase out stand-alone versions?
  • Advocacy and communication to the community
  • Highest priorities for additions to astropy
    • Who will be the advocate/coordinator for each?
  • What existing packages should we target for making affiliated packages?
    • What offer will they not be able to refuse?
    • Improving interoperability of affiliated packages
    • E.g., supporting standard data objects (ND-datasets, spectra...) and metadata conventions

We plan to keep the agenda flexible with some combination of combined discussion sessions and breakout/sprinting sessions as seems appropriate. Details will be developed later and announced to the astropy mailing list.

A limited number of rooms at a special rate are being held for the Colonnade Hotel until September 1st, which is within walking distance of STScI.