[AstroPy] Including kcorrect as a astropy affiliated package?

Guangtun Ben Zhu gz323 at pha.jhu.edu
Mon Jan 9 15:41:49 EST 2012

Dear all,

Just want to say this is a terrific idea
and it will be of great value to people who
are stuck in IDL, like me :-)

Thank you

On Sat, Jan 7, 2012 at 5:59 PM, Taro Sato <taro at ap.smu.ca> wrote:

> Hi there.  I have not been diligently following the astropy discussion
> lately, so I may sound totally ignorant but please bear with me.
> I've written a Python wrapper for kcorrect by Michael Blanton, a
> popular IDL/C tool for k-correction, photo-z, and all that cool stuff
> people love to do with spectral-energy distribution fitting for high-z
> galaxies these days.  I needed it for research recently and updated
> the Python version to work with the most recent version/data available
> (@ http://howdy.physics.nyu.edu/index.php/Kcorrect).
> I just got a permission from Michael to distribute the package
> (conditions of use being to cite his tool paper), and was going to
> make it available somewhere (likely github) and announce it here.
> That handy IDL tool now available on Python, only that you pay $19.99
> USD to me upon each instantiation of KCorrect object!   (...just
> kidding)
> But I actually wondered if this sort of thing can be considered for
> inclusion in astropy.
> I had no intention of forking Michael's work, just wrote a
> SWIG-extension for the core library and translated just a few of the
> most useful IDL routines in (hopefully) Pythonic ways.  For inclusion
> into astropy, however, I presume that there are some styles,
> interfaces and such to follow, which I'm willing to make changes now
> but wish to make sure it is going to be worth it, not to mention an
> additional permission from the original library writer would be
> necessary.
> So my question is, will an independently developed tool like kcorrect
> be considered at all for an astropy module eventually?  If so, how
> should I go about this?
> Thank you for your time.
> --
> Taro Sato
> Department of Astronomy & Physics
> Saint Mary's University             email: taro at ap.smu.ca
> Halifax, NS B3H 3C3                 phone: (902)420-5018
> Canada                                web: http://ap.smu.ca/~taro
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Guangtun Benjamin Zhu, PhD
Postdoc Fellow, Physics and Astronomy Department
Johns Hopkins University
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