Hack Day 2016 at  AAS 227 in Kissimmee, Florida


When:  Friday , Jan 8 2016 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Where: Tallahassee Room - Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center

Register: http://goo.gl/forms/dQ0bCjneEW


We're starting with introduction and project pitches at 10am sharp. Please be on time.


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We are asking and expecting all Hack Day participants to plan on staying for most of the day.


Registration is encouraged to facilitate pre-meeting coordination, but if you didn't register you're still more than welcome to participate in the Hack Day.


What is a hack day?

We are going to get together to write code or work on some other project, fast. The idea is to design a do-able project and fully execute it in one day. Or at least go down trying. Come with a project, or come with deployable skills, ready to deploy.

Examples of hacks from DotAstro conferences: DotAstro 6 Hack Day SummaryDotAstro 2012 Hacks, .Astro 4 unconference proceedings

Examples of hacks from years past:  astro4astroSummary of AAS 223 Hack Day,  last year's AAS Hack Day project pitch page, Astrotweeps, Fund me Maybe? video, Astrobetter airline guide, Summary of AAS 221 Hack Day,

Project ideas

  • Gender in Astronomy Talks: Study the data gathered from AAS 227, and compare to last few years of this ongoing Hack Day project (Davenport)
  • Quick-and-dirty aperture photometry of the Kepler Full Frame Images, do basic search for transients or variable stars. Stretch goal: light curves, supersmoother periodogram run. I need help from people with skills in using WCS and doing aperture phot using AstroPy (Davenport)
  • Real-time 1-d spectroscopy reduction script. Using methods built up from this (semi-functional) fully-python spectroscopy package, can we wrap it in a "while loop" and do real-time reduction? (Davenport)
  • ​Help build Zenodio (http://zenodio.lsst.io). Our goal is to build a sweet Python package for consuming information from Zenodo, and easily uploading new artifacts to Zenodo. My goal is to work on the upload API. One use case is uploading artifacts for a conference where editors have a base set of metadata that the participants can extend for their own uploads. (Sick)
  • Generate "nice" bibtex files in the AAS format from Mendeley (https://www.mendeley.com/). Possible solution 1) Write a sript that takes papers from a folder in a Mendeley library and downloads the bibtex entry from ADS. Possible solution 2) Figure out how to fix Mendeley to generate the appropriate bitex.  This might be the easier option, but last time I played around with it I wasn't successful (Kepley).
  • Write a short python program that calculates the LST rise and set times from an input catalog  and an elevation limit for radio telescopes around the world. Most radio telescopes schedule by LST and, since I don't care much about observing during the day, the sunrise/sunset limits assumed by most optical tools are not important. I have a rough code written up to do this for the GBT, so it may just be a matter of compiling lat/long/elevation for various telescopes and buffing the code a bit (Kepley).
    • ​Bonus: add a nice visualization
    • Bonus 2: make a web app
  • Mess with Tumblr (for STARtorialist) by installing/customizing a theme and/or hacking the API for better stats (Rice)
  • Explore ways to upcycle your fabric poster! (Rice)
  • #marsfilter - capitilising on the popularity of #nofilter on Instagram I want to make an web app to make a picture look like it was taken on Mars e.g. RGB filter reflecting spectroscopic abs features on Mars, fish eye lens effect etc. (Smethurst)
  • Serendipitous Target Sharing web app -
    1. TFW you miss an email entitled "Observing Run Tonight - Need Backup
    Targets Urgently!"? Never Again. Pre-share details of targets with your astro peeps, for consideration as filler in observing runs. (Simmons)

Participant skills and interests

  • Kelle Cruz (Hunter College & AMNH): information sharing
  • David W. Hogg (NYU): Python, SDSS data, Kepler data, probabilistic inference
  • James Davenport (WWU): Python, IDL, blogging, Twitter
  • Jonathan Sick (LSST): Python, documentation, building the web, APIs, 'data science'
  • Amanda Kepley (NRAO): Python (basic), IDL (trying to move away, but it keeps sucking me back in), CASA, radio telescopes, documentation, user support, breaking stuff
  • Jonathan Fay (WWT): WorldWide Telescope, C#, HTML5/JS, 3d Graphics
  • Emily Rice (CUNY & AMNH): GarageBand, iMovie, Spotify, HTML, Wordpress, Tumblr, sewing
  • Karen Knierman (ASU): GarageBand, iMovie, sewing, crochet, Tumbl
  • Meg Schwamb (ASIAA): python (basic), IDL, wordpress, twitter, mysql, citizen science, Astronomy on Tap (co-organizer)
  • Meredith Rawls (NMSU): python, wordpress, writing, twitter, scicomm, finding a job
  • Mehmet Alpaslan (NASA Ames): R, astrostatistics, galaxy survey data, big data
  • Becky Smethurst (Oxford): Python, html, JavaScript, Twitter, blogging, iMovie, GIFs, memes, outreach & musical (piano, vocals, ukulele) 
  • Mike Lund (Vanderbilt): Python, bash, sql (basic), photometry, time-domain sky surveys, Mendeley
  • Brooke Simmons (UCSD): Python, sql, citizen science, SuperMongo (yeah baby!)
  • Ben Nelson (CIERA/NU): Python, Julia (basic and want to use more), probabilistic inference, interdisciplinary projects

Twitter Lists and Hashtags

We're using #hackAAS tag for all tweets related to the Hack Day

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