[AstroPy] AstroPy meeting? WAS: SciPy 2012

Tom Aldcroft aldcroft@head.cfa.harvard....
Wed Mar 28 19:04:33 CDT 2012


I agree with Erik here about SciPy, and I might have blown my
conference (time) budget already with PyCon.  That said, I'm having
trouble making enough time for AstroPy so a dedicated meeting and
sprint might be welcome.  We had talked about a followup meeting,
perhaps at STSci?

- Tom

p.s. Didn't want to hijack the original thread so I renamed it here.

On Wed, Mar 28, 2012 at 2:53 PM, Erik Bray <embray@stsci.edu> wrote:
> On 03/28/2012 02:36 PM, James Turner wrote:
>> Hi everyone,
>>
>> I'm just wondering who is thinking of attending SciPy in Austin this
>> July 16-21:
>>
>>     http://conference.scipy.org/scipy2012/
>>
>> I've been asked by the organizers to help out, but am just figuring out
>> what my plans are, since it clashes with a couple of things. If there's
>> enough interest, I would propose an AstroPy sprint during the last
>> couple of days, where people (including me) can get started contributing
>> and focus on one or two areas of missing functionality, compared with
>> eg. IRAF or IDL.
>>
>> I gather the next AstroPy co-ordination meeting is likely to happen
>> separately elsewhere, due to people's limited availability during the
>> conference season, but SciPy is a good venue for wider exposure and for
>> participants to learn about other Python tools (eg. NumPy, Matplotlib,
>> GPU libraries, symbolic mathematics, you name it...).
>>
>> Cheers,
>>
>> James.
>
> I'm probably going to hold off until I see what tutorials get
> accepted--the tutorials were kind of the highlight of SciPy for me last
> year.  I don't recall getting too much out of the talks.  Not that there
> was anything wrong with them, or that there weren't some very
> interesting ones. Just that there were only a handful I felt that I took
> much away from that's of immediate use to me.  But that's just me.
>
> That said, I don't mean to sound down on SciPy. And an Astropy sprint
> would be a great incentive.  I can't believe it's already been nearly a
> year since last time...
>
> Erik
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