Miscellaneous Information

Miscellaneous Information

Abstract Reference: 30327
Identifier: P2.18
Presentation: Poster presentation
Key Theme: 2 Management of Scientific and Data Analysis Projects

EasyLife: A Conceptual framework for semi-automatic survey management

Scala Paolo L., Franzetti Paolo, Fumana Marco, Bianca, Garilli Scodeggio Marco

EasyLife is a conceptual framework aimed at the semi-automatic management of a spectroscopic survey. The framework foresees the use of a graphical user interface (GUI) to organise, reduce and automatically classify survey data, and a Web-based interface to monitor the survey, which automatically retrieves the survey status in terms of observed, to be reduced, and already reduced pointings. The fact modern astronomical surveys produce huge data volumes (hundred of thousands spectra) makes EasyLife a fundamental tool in survey management. Its first implementation, in 2012, has been successfully used to manage the VIPERS survey the more recent implementation of the EasyLife framework exploits PNGS (Pandora Next Generation Software, where Pandora is an acronym for Programs for AstroNomical Data Organization Reduction and Analysis) APIs and the FASE (Future Astronomical Software Environment) framework. Its user interfaces (both GUI and command-line) are developed in python, while the computational core is implemented in C to boost performances and to allow the reuse of stable and thoroughly tested legacy code. EasyLife is currently used to manage the ongoing VANDELS ESO public spectroscopic survey.