IRC chat today! Join us Feb 28, 11am California time, 19:00GMT, for our weekly setiQuest IRC chat at irc://irc.freenode.net/#setiquest
Or in a browser: http://webchat.freenode.net/?channels=setiquest
Lets make an agenda. I'll start with my suggestions, please feel free to reply and add your own.
[11:00am] jrseti_: Hello all!
[11:01am] jrseti_: Time for the setiquest IRC chat
[11:01am] moinkers joined the chat room.
[11:01am] jrseti_: See http://setiquest.org/forum/topic/community-meeting-2012-02-28
[11:01am] sigblips: Hello everybody.
[11:02am] jrseti_: Anything to add to tthe agenda
[11:02am] sigblips: Nope.
[11:02am] jrseti_: OK then
[11:03am] jrseti_: 1) Website issues
[11:03am] jrseti_: Is the spam continuing on the Wiki?
[11:03am] jrseti_: Or at least, is the level of spam constant?
[11:04am] sigblips: Yes it is. I'm swimming in a sea of wiki spam. Please make it stop. http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Manual:Preventing_access#Restrict_anonymou...
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[11:04am] jrseti_: OK, I'll give some attention to this during the week.
[11:05am] jrseti_: Doesn't look fun!
[11:05am] jrseti_: dk3232 hello! I'm sorry - still thinking of a C++ project
[11:06am] sigblips: I'm blocking about 10 IP addresses a day and deleting almost 20 wiki spams/day.
[11:06am] jrseti_: Sigblips: That is no good! I'll get on it
[11:07am] jrseti_: Small group today. Jrseti,moinkers,dk3232 and Sigblips.
[11:08am] jrseti_: 2) GSoC
[11:08am] jrseti_: dk3232: see agenda at http://setiquest.org/forum/topic/community-meeting-2012-02-28
[11:08am] jrseti_: I think we are not going to participate this year in GSoC.
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[11:09am] jrseti_: (do I hear Sigblips cheering?)
[11:09am] jrseti_: Hello Michael
[11:09am] dk3232: so there will be coding project for us around the summer time?
[11:09am] MichaelMor: hi. sorry for delay. new software
[11:09am] sigblips: I'm not cheering but I do think it is best for the project. There is always next year's GSoC.
[11:10am] jrseti_: No paid coding projects this summer.
[11:11am] jrseti_: Sorry!
[11:11am] dk3232: any volunteer coding projects
[11:12am] jrseti_: Yes. See http://setiquest.org/wiki/index.php/Main_Page
[11:12am] jrseti_: In the "Open Source Projects" section. If you can come up with a good idea, let me know!
[11:13am] jrseti_: A good general one is "Use the data feeds at http://setiquest.info to create a compelling website, website widget, or HTML mobile app."
[11:13am] dk3232: oh i saw a thing on the forum about a STEM game
[11:14am] sigblips: Yeah I read that too. What is it? Can anyone explain?
[11:14am] sigblips: http://setiquest.org/forum/topic/national-stem-video-game-challenge
[11:14am] jrseti_: Yes, but the deadline is near. A good thing to do about that is to try to come up with an idea for next year's competition
[11:15am] jrseti_: Maybe a group could get together on setiquest.org and come up with an idea, maybe something in HTML5?
[11:16am] sigblips: So is it a game or is it educational? Or is it both?
[11:16am] jrseti_: At least educational.
[11:17am] jrseti_: It is only open to US citizens and residents
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[11:18am] jrseti_: So this is a bit limiting since a lot of the programmers that have passed through setiquest.org seem to be non-US
[11:19am] jrseti_: 3) SetiLive!
[11:20am] jrseti_: SetiLive is going "live" on March 6, or so I am told.
[11:20am] sigblips: That is next week Tuesday.
[11:21am] MichaelMor: It will be interesting to see if they have made the waterfall displays any prettier
[11:21am] jrseti_: Yes. We have been working furiously getting it functional. All is well. Jill is at a TED event (I think) promoting it now.
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[11:22am] sigblips: I'm interested in how they are doing the classifications.
[11:22am] jrseti_: MichaelMor: I think they will be tweaking the look of the waterfalls over the Month of March. So when it goes live and you do not like the waterfalls - let us/them know
[11:24am] jrseti_: Next IRC chat we'll talk about SETILive - maybe all can take a look at it then.
[11:24am] jrseti_: On setiquest.org we will change the main area on the front page to direct people to the setilive site.
[11:25am] sigblips: Like a complete re-design or are you just planning on highlighting it?
[11:27am] jrseti_: Just new content in the main area.
[11:27am] jrseti_: http://setiquest.org/content/setiquest-program
[11:28am] sigblips: I never knew that page even existed! Are hubcaps considered space junk?
[11:29am] jrseti_: Yes they are.
[11:29am] jrseti_: That page it the one that shows up in the main area of the main setiquest.org page
[11:29am] MichaelMor: Are we SURE they are hubcaps?
[11:30am] jrseti_: I think the artist was quite sure
[11:30am] sigblips: I thought they looked a bit familiar. (:
[11:31am] jrseti_: I've asked the setilive people for suggestions about the text I should include - as well as logos and pics to make it look pretty
[11:31am] khrm: where is it? I can't find any hubcaps.
[11:32am] jrseti_: http://setiquest.org/content/kozmo-cosmos-day-17
[11:32am] sigblips: What about setiQuest Explorer? Will next week be time to retire it? Or should we just like it continue on?
[11:32am] sigblips: "let it" continue
[11:33am] jrseti_: We are retiring it. Francis, the guy that made it for us, is supposed to close it down. Was supposed to be weeks ago
[11:33am] sigblips: It is still serving waterfall images.
[11:34am] jrseti_: Yes, I'll pop him an email now.
[11:35am] MichaelMor: Well, let him leave it up, no? Is there any harm?
[11:35am] jrseti_: I just sent him an email.
[11:36am] jrseti_: MichaelMor: The harm is that people get confused and think it is an active program that we are actually using.
[11:36am] sigblips: Just checked the monitoring stats. I'm guessing about 15 - 20 work sets a day which is about the same traffic it has been getting for months.
[11:37am] jrseti_: That is actually quite a bit
[11:37am] jrseti_: considering the amount of promotion we are giving it!
[11:37am] MichaelMor: Okay.
[11:38am] sigblips: People are probably just randomly finding it in the Android stores.
[11:39am] jrseti_: I got a response from Francis. The plan is to wait till setilive starts up, then craft a letter to all setiquest Explorer users transitioning them over to SETILive.
[11:40am] MichaelMor: Good plan
[11:40am] jrseti_: He has a list of 9000 emails
[11:40am] sigblips: Wow!
[11:41am] sigblips: That is more than twice the number of registered setiQuest forum members.
[11:42am] jrseti_: He wants to be sure that they do not consider the email to be spam, so he is going to craft something useful to send to tem.
[11:42am] jrseti_: "them"
[11:42am] MichaelMor: Always a good theory
[11:43am] sigblips: That many people should give SETI Live! a nice jump start.
[11:43am] jrseti_: yes
[11:43am] jrseti_: We'll call it the "Francis Bump"
[11:43am] MichaelMor: Oh dear. Will we?
[11:44am] MichaelMor: :)
[11:44am] sigblips: Just don't connect the jumper cables backwards! (:
[11:44am] jrseti_: On second thought - maybe not. The term could be a medical condition.
[11:45am] jrseti_: 4) We need further discussion of the setiQuest goals.
[11:45am] jrseti_: Last week I was tasked with getting the SETI perspective of the desired setiQuest goals
[11:46am] jrseti_: We would like setiQuest to be the following:
[11:46am] jrseti_: A place for the community to share thoughts and ideas about how SETI looks for signals.
[11:47am] jrseti_: 2) A place to make publicly available our source code and documentation
[11:47am] jrseti_: 3) A conduit to the SETILive project.
[11:48am] jrseti_: That is it, I think
[11:48am] jrseti_: Thoughts?
[11:49am] MichaelMor: So, no active actual project
[11:49am] MichaelMor: and no data?
[11:51am] jrseti_: The data aspect will be directed to SETILive. They plan on making the waterfall data publicly available and will support discussion about the data
[11:51am] jrseti_: They plan on having part of their forum dedicated to data discussions
[11:53am] sigblips: The setiQuest forum can also play an overflow role for things that pop up in SETI Live! but don't quite fit their charter.
[11:53am] jrseti_: Yes.
[11:53am] MichaelMor: True
[11:54am] jrseti_: About data: I think Sigblips found another setidata dataset that has not yet been made public.
[11:54am] sigblips: Yes I have. They are called the "lost pulsar datasets."
[11:55am] jrseti_: Good name
[11:55am] jrseti_: Is it just one set?
[11:55am] MichaelMor: Sounds like a band name
[11:56am] sigblips: There are 11 of them and I'm still trying to track down some background information on them.
[11:56am] jrseti_: great.
[11:57am] jrseti_: Next week will be a big week. SETILive going live, I'll be glues to my monitor making sure it runs OK from my side of the process
[11:58am] sigblips: Let's see what dirt I can dig up on the lost pulsar datasets. I could release them this week.
[11:58am] moinkers: Are they 3 beam data sets?
[11:58am] jrseti_: Maybe we should wait several weeks. After SETILive is introduced. Then we can make a bigger splash on the website when we release the data
[11:59am] sigblips: Nope, just single beam.
[11:59am] jrseti_: The SETILive will eventually be 3 beams. But initially it is only 2 beams, one of our beamformers is broken.
[11:59am] sigblips: jrseti: OK, that is a good plan.
[12:00pm] jrseti_: It would be cool if we could make a gallery of signals from these datasets that people find.
[12:00pm] MichaelMor: Just got an email about press coverage of SetiLIVE. It should be quite a splash!
[12:00pm] jrseti_: That would be more useful than simply just making them available
[12:01pm] jrseti_: OK all, I have to go. Good meeting today!
[12:01pm] moinkers: I made that crude grid program to line up pictures
[12:01pm] sigblips: The tricky part is detecting the pulsars.
[12:01pm] jrseti_: moinkers: Can you put details of this on the forum?
[12:02pm] jrseti_: Sigblips: But, everything is easy with Baudline!
[12:03pm] moinkers: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/56988145/Signal_Madness-e.zip if you are on windows that should work
[12:03pm] jrseti_: gotta go. Bye!
[12:03pm] sigblips: Not pulsars. They are extremely weak and difficult to detect. I'm still amazed that they were discovered with 1960's technology.
[12:03pm] moinkers: I was just wondering if that is going down the right track or am I way off.
[12:03pm] jrseti_: moinkers: I'll boot up windows and take a look this week.
[12:04pm] sigblips: I'll post this meeting transcript to the forum. Bye all.
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[12:04pm] MichaelMor: kay then!
[12:04pm] sigblips: M-kay.
[12:04pm] khrm: bye
[12:04pm] MichaelMor: yep
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