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Indexing Astronomical Software

This is the organisational repository for the joint AAS/GitHub workshop on indexing astronomical software generously supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Workshop details


GitHub, 88 Colin P Kelly Jr St, San Francisco, CA 94107. Google maps


27 & 28 April 2015


Flying in to SFO is recommended - GitHub's offices are 25 mins in a cab ($50) from the airport. There's also a regular BART train from SFO to Mongomery St station which is about 15 mins walk from the GitHub office.

The Park Central Hotel is within walking distance of the GitHub offices and currently has a very good rate available (~$200/night). Assuming we're paying your expenses (you should know if we are) then we'll cover up to $300 per night (including tax).

We'll provide breakfast, lunch and dinner on Monday (27th) and breakfast and lunch on Tuesday (28th). Please let us know if you have any dietary preferences.


Please note, this is an invite-only event. Current participants:

Name Affiliation Confirmed Arriving Departing
Alberto Accomazzi ADS 👍
Alice Allen ASCL 👍 Sunday, 10:15 AM Tuesday, 10:29 PM
Adam Becker Freelance 👍
Kyle Barbary Berkeley 👍
Roman Chyla ADS 👍
Kyle Cranmer NYU 👍
Frossie Economou LSST 👍
Chris Erdmann CFA 👍
Martin Fenner PLOS 👍
Josh Greenberg Sloan 👍
Robert Hanisch NIST 👍
Jeff Lewandowski IoP 👍
Chris Lintott Zooniverse 👍
Gus Muench AAS 👍
Lars Holm Nielsen Zenodo 👍 Saturday afternoon Thursday afternoon
Megan Potter AAS 👍 Sunday evening Thursday noon
Doug Roberts Microsoft 👍
Thomas Robitaille The Astropy Project/MPIA 👍 (remote)
Ashley Sands UCLA 👍
Jonathan Sick Queen's→LSST 👍
Arfon Smith GitHub 👍 Sunday 2pm Wednesday am
Julie Steffen AAS 👍
Carly Strasser DataCite 👍


26th April

  • 7pm Sunday evening dinner @ Oola SF.

27th April

  • 08:30 Arrivals & breakfast, 1st floor GitHub HQ
  • 09:30 Introductions/setting the scene
  • 10:00 2 min introductions by attendees, review of workshop homework
  • 11:00 Working group assignments
  • 12:00 Break for lunch
  • 13:00 Working group breakout and discussion
  • 15:00 Coffee/snacks
  • 17:00 Working group report back
  • 18:30 Working dinner @ GitHub plus drinks at the GitHub bar

28th April

  • 09:00 Breakfast @ GitHub HQ
  • 10:00 Day one review and drafting of work statements
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 Finish


If you have any questions about this workshop, feel free to contact either Arfon Smith (@arfon, or Julie Steffen (