Yan Grange

Working in the Science Data Centre development group.

Affiliation – ASTRON


Best licensing practices

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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.

Radio data archives round table

With SKA precursor and pathfinder operations in full swing, radio and (sub-)mm astronomy is entering the era of super big data. The big questions is how to make (sub-)mm and radio data available to the astronomical community, preferably using FAIR (findable, accessible, interoperable and re-useable) principles. There are already a lot of efforts going on around the globe: facilities such as ALMA, LOFAR, MWA, NRAO and ASKAP are already publishing much of their data in the form of "science ready" image products, SKA regional centres are being formed and a radio astronomy interest group has been initiated within the IVOA. We want to use this BoF to bring everyone interested in this topic around one informal, friendly, virtual table to hear about and discuss the following questions: Where are different groups in their efforts to expose both visibility and science ready data? What is already there, maybe has been used for decades by traditional observatories? Which pieces of information or technology are still missing? Where do we want to go, what needs to happen next?
We will start the BoF with short presentations from active players around the world and then look forward to a discussion with all attendees.