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ADASS XVI -- IRAF BoF Scheduled

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An IRAF Birds-of-a-Feather session has been scheduled at the upcoming ADASS meeting in Tucson, Oct 15-18. The abstract for the BoF is below and we invite everyone to attend. An agenda will be posted closer to the meeting time, however we plan to cover highlights of the last year, organize work for the coming year, and demonstrate some new work that will be available shortly. Please contact us if you would like to make a short presentation yourself or if there is something is particular interest you'd like to see on the agenda.

The talk "Integrating IRAF with the Virtual Observatory" is now available online.

Draft Agenda: IRAF Bof, 10/17, 17:30-19:00, Finger Rock II

    1) Introduction
    2) Pipeline Uses of IRAF
    3) NVO Package Demonstration
    4) Site Development/Community Participation
    5) Discussion

Formal presentations will comprise only the 1st half of the meeting.


The IRAF Users and Developers BoF

The emphasis and budgets of astronomical software have shifted in recent years from community-wide projects sponsored by national centers, to smaller systems focused on the goals of individual institutions. A large fraction of users, however, continue to rely on the large legacy facilities to accomplish their science. IRAF became community-supported over the last year through the http://iraf.net web site. We believe that it must also now become community-developed if it is to survive and remain responsive to the needs of these many users, while it also transitions to possible future integration with the new community-wide data analysis framework standards and the Virtual Observatory. iraf.net was established precisely to rebuild IRAF's user-community around the expertise of a trusted core of developers, while allowing all to benefit from the self-support and direction of a wide user base.

The purpose of this BoF is to organize IRAF users and developers who share our interest in the future of IRAF under a community open-source model. The BoF will include presentations on current and planned work by the core iraf.net developers, and we solicit talks and contributions regarding IRAF related projects of all sorts from other institutions or from individual IRAF users. An open discussion will follow, exploring the relative priorities of various future core system and application package projects. We hope to enlist developers to work with us to realize these projects. Projects may refer not only to specific developments in IRAF or to the iraf.net site, but to broader ADASS interests such as the creation of an astronomical-software job board or the forging of collaborations between users or organizations.

Presentations and demonstrations are expected to take up less than half of the allowed time; the remainder will be reserved for discussion and organization.

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