Thomas Juerges

Software Engineer at the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy. Member of ASTRON's Open Source Committee.

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Affiliation – ASTRON Position – Software Engineer


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In 2016 the FAIR principles, aimed at improving the Findability, Accessibility, Interoperability, and Reuse of digital assets were postulated. Since then the scientific community has been working on interpreting those standards and applying them to their data.

Among these digital assets, software plays a special role, as software as a tool for data exploitation is diversely used and dynamically developed. Therefore, principles that apply to data can not literally be copied to software, especially in relation to licensing and citation.

During ADASS XXIX it became clear that several groups worldwide are working on formalising the licensing of software and other digital assets. For this session, we will coordinate a discussion focused on what policies and tools help in making software open and accessible, and thus more suited for community reuse.

Find out more about the session here.

It is Tango time: The M&C system for LOFAR2.0 stations

After ASTRON has gathered 10 years of experience with the LOFAR telescope's station M&C system, a reevaluation took place and it was decided that the new hardware for LOFAR2.0 stations also warrants a new M&C system.

The foundation of the LOFAR2.0 station Monitor and Control system (M&C) will be the Tango Controls framework. It allows for an object oriented software architecture which naturally leads to a hierarchical alignment of the software components.

The software will be developed in Python3 with the option to use C++11 where performance issues arise.