[AstroPy] next astropy coordination meeting

Perry Greenfield perry at stsci.edu
Thu May 3 11:24:59 EDT 2012

We would like to hold the second Astropy Coordination meeting in  
October at
STScI (the first was held last October at CFA; the minutes can be  
viewed at:

The goal for the meeting is to coordinate software efforts in  
improving and
expanding astropy. It is planned as a two-day meeting. Currently these  
sets of dates are available:

Tuesday - Wednesday  Oct. 2-3
Tuesday - Wednesday  Oct. 9-10
Tuesday - Wednesday  Oct. 23-24

We'd like to know who is interested in attending the meeting and which  
are acceptable. A doodle poll has been set up; only the first day of  
week has been given as a choice to indicate you can make the meeting  
week. Please fill out the poll if you are interested in attending the
meeting but can't make any of dates. The poll will be kept open for  
just over
two weeks and will close at the end of Friday, May 18.

The link to the poll is: http://www.doodle.com/auvfbs6f4iiyt9cb

Tentative topics to be addressed at the coordination meeting
(subject to revision depending on interest of attendees):

* The current state of the Astropy core package
- 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  
  - 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

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