Alice Allen

Alice has been Editor of the ASCL since 2010; her academic background was in biology and heath sciences, and her professional career was spent in information technology.

Affiliation – Astrophysics Source Code Library/University of Maryland College Park Position – Editor/Faculty Specialist Homepage – Twitter – @asclnet


How to better describe software for discovery and citation

In this BoF we propose to discuss a variety of items to improve how
software is described and can be discovered. We will invite and
actively search for contributions to this discussion. Some examples of
what we could cover:

  1. The codemeta.json file, under control of software
    authors. Including a working session to write your own (or base it on
    the ASCL starter file). This file (or itâs cousin
    CITATION.cff) will also improve software citation, and we will explain

  2. Possible options to expand the codemeta file, e.g. keywords
    describing the API and its one-liners.

  3. Improvements to the Unified Astronomy Thesaurus (UAT) such that
    software is better covered.

  4. Define a well defined field in astrophysics and take an inventory
    of the software used to categorize them. A conference would be an
    ideal event to get all the stakeholders together (we have a candidate
    for this).

We encourage contributions to this BoF.

Making organizational software easier to find in ASCL and ADS

Software is the most used instrument in astronomy, and organizations such as NASA and the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Physics (HITS) fund, develop, and release research software. NASA, for example, has created sites such as and to share its software with the world, but how easy is it to see what NASA has? Until recently, searching NASA’s Astrophysics Data System (ADS) for NASA’s astronomy software has not been fruitful. Through its ADAP program, NASA has funded the Astrophysics Source Code Library (ASCL to improve the discoverability of these codes. Adding institutional tags to ASCL entries makes it easy to find this software not only in the ASCL but also in ADS and other services that index the ASCL. This poster presentation covers the changes the ASCL has made as a result of this funding and how you can use the results of this work to better find organizational software in ASCL and ADS.

Lightning Talks I

Lightning talks for up to 9 poster authors who did NOT submit an .mp4

Lightning Talks II

Lightning talks for up to 9 poster authors who did NOT submit an .mp4

Lightning Talks II

Lightning talks for up to 9 poster authors who did NOT submit an .mp4