[AstroPy] Proliferating py-astro-libs

Rose Finn rose.a.finn at gmail.com
Tue Jun 14 10:00:48 EDT 2011

Hi everyone,

I use python for almost all of my programming and analysis, but I am far
from an expert programmer.  Like Kelle, I would be happy to provide a user's
perspective, and my vote if for a fall meeting at CfA - purely selfish
reasons as CfA is w/in driving distance for me!

As a user, I can adopt packages more easily when I have access to a few
examples of how to use it.  Perhaps users can help contribute by providing
these examples for packages that they already use.

Take care,

On Mon, Jun 13, 2011 at 5:14 PM, Thomas Robitaille <
thomas.robitaille at gmail.com> wrote:

> Just to put the suggestion out there, Tom A. and I would be happy to try
> and host the meeting at CfA if there was interest for this, preferably in
> the fall. We have webcast capabilities for the talks (I like the idea of
> 'lightning' talks), though it would be harder to have remote participation
> for the hands-on part.
> Of course, we're also open to other locations, so if anyone else interested
> in hosting this, please feel free to suggest!
> Cheers,
> Tom
> On Monday, June 13, 2011 at 4:53 PM, James Turner wrote:
> > > I agree with the idea of a workshop! (but with few talks, and
> > > discussing/deciding/planning/coding would be the majority). I think
> > > face to face would be much better than teleconference. I also like
> > > the idea of a dedicated workshop, not a splinter.
> >
> > We could do both (a face-to-face workshop with video connections or
> > whatever to whomever else wants to dial in; I wouldn't want to shut
> > out students or people in far-flung continents).
> >
> > I agree that we'd keep the talks brief, just for context (1 day?)
> > and focus on things like how to contribute, actually doing so and
> > organization.
> >
> > > I suggest that those of us interested in a small workshop see what
> > > would be possible in our own institutions. I think in the end we
> > > should keep this focused on the development (rather than a general
> > > python in astronomy conference). Keeping it small will also make it
> > > easier to organize and manage.
> >
> > Chile would be nice but is probably a bit too far for people(?). As
> > someone pointed out, Baltimore and Harvard seem relatively accessible
> > for people from the US and Europe.
> >
> > Cheers,
> >
> > James.
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Rose A. Finn, PhD
Department of Physics & Astronomy
Siena College
Loudonville, NY
(518) 782-6764
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