[AstroPy] IAU Commission for Astronomical Software?

Ole Streicher astropy at liska.ath.cx
Mon Sep 29 08:10:39 EDT 2014

Hi all,

I'd be interested as well, mainly for coordination of
distribution/packaging issues between different platforms.

However, I will not be at ADASS this year, and I am also not an IAU

Best regards


Peter Teuben <teuben at astro.umd.edu> writes:
> Hi All
> I presume this issue will come up at ADASS next week, I had "sort of"
> assumed
> it would be absorbed in Comm.5 , which is about Data and Libraries.  Some
> software (SOFA) was already part of this body (but not in Libraries, where
> they mean the other overloaded paper thing).
> In another group (theory/modeliing) I also overheard a desire to
> organize software,
> so hopefully this will not cause us to have two groups of software.
> Of course the ASCL would be very interested in this as well, but that's
> a given.
> So, those at ADASS next week will hear more, and I suppose we'll report
> back here
> peter
> On 09/29/2014 07:45 AM, Thomas Robitaille wrote:
>> Hi everyone,
>> A little while ago, the IAU put out a call for proposals for new
>> commissions for the IAU. As you will notice here:
>> http://www.iau.org/science/scientific_bodies/commissions/
>> there are commissions on data and documentation, but there are
>> surprisingly no commissions on software! (this was brought to my
>> attention by Stephen Serjeant from the Open University).
>> My question is the following: is anyone here leading or aware of
>> anyone leading a proposal for a software commission?
>> In case no one has already started this, I have created a google group
>> that you can sign up to if you are interested in helping out with such
>> an effort:
>> https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/iau-software-commission-proposal
>> I am not an IAU member so I will not be able to lead this proposal,
>> but I would be interested in helping out if someone here wants to take
>> the lead!
>> Cheers,
>> Tom
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