SAMP draft document introduction
m.b.taylor at bristol.ac.uk
Wed Apr 30 03:14:36 PDT 2008
Dear apps-samp readers,
over the last few weeks, the SAMP authors (Thomas Boch, Mike Fitzpatrick
and Mark Taylor, working on an initial outline from John Taylor and with
additional input from Doug Tody, with guidance from Mark Allen)
have put together a draft of the standard document for the proposed
Simple Applications Messaging Protocol. This has involved considerable
effort and constructive debate from all parties. Although what we
currently have still requires some significant extra work, and does
not represent complete agreement among the authors, we are posting
it for public debate at this stage in view of the proximity to the
upcoming IVOA Interop meeting (19-23 May). Our hope is that people
can familiarise themselves with the text and provide opinions on
particular points on the list over the next couple of weeks, so that
we can take advantage of the SAMP sessions of the Apps group in Trieste
to reach conclusions on things which still look to be contentious
at that stage. I apologise that the time scale for this is rather
short; we had intended to begin the public debate somewhat earlier
than this, but you know how these things go...
Accompanying this message, I am posting the following items:
1. A draft of the current version of the SAMP standard in LaTeX
and PDF form.
2. A summary of TODO items - these are things which the authors know
require more work. They haven't received enough attention yet,
but we know they need it before we can consider this as a
3. A number of ISSUE items. These are things which have come up
as areas where the authors disagree or acknowledge that the
answer is not clear. These are posted as separate messages to
encourage followups which tackle a single point rather than
cover a wide range of topics. The hope is that this will
make it easier to keep track of, and reach consensus on,
opinions on particular questions.
We would ask readers of this list, and particularly those who anticipate
using, or wanting to use, the resulting standard, to read the document
and provide comments on it, including:
- "this looks like a standard I can/would like to use for [application]"
- "this looks unworkable for [application] because ..."
- posting follow up messages giving opinions, and if appropriate reasons,
on specific ISSUE items.
- starting new ISSUE items for particular questions not addressed in the
public debate so far. For items which are expected to be contentious,
please consider starting a new ISSUE thread for each one rather than
posting a single message covering a diverse list of items, to make the
debates easier to follow.
and anything else you feel appropriate.
Mark Taylor (for the authors)
Mark Taylor Astronomical Programmer Physics, Bristol University, UK
m.b.taylor at bris.ac.uk +44-117-928-8776 http://www.star.bris.ac.uk/~mbt/
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