PaNSIG 1st meeting summary

Short summary of the PaNSIG meeting at the RDA 3rd plenary

The 1st PaNSIG meeting was held in two sessions in the 26th and 28th of March. For each session we had around 30-35 participants. In total, 41 registered either in the meeting or before, and a few visitors who didn't leave their name.
The attendees (incl. a few who finally couldn't make it) can found on the PaNSIG wiki page
During the PaNSIG meeting we had ~six very interesting presentations covering different areas of data management issues, with quite a number of collaborative aspects. That was particularly fruitful since the RDA plenaries provide an excellent platform to promote collaborations and consequently best practices and standards. All presentations can all be accessed through the wiki as well.
Interactions with other IG/WGs
A number of PaNSIG members were visiting other IGs/WGs and are actively involved in their work. In particular
  • Structural Biology IG
  • Federated Identity IG
  • Materials IG
  • ... others ... 
We will collect common topics and investigate how to keep a rich information flow between the groups. 
Organisational matters
  • PaNSIG chairs: The temporary PaNSIG chairs have been re-elected unanimously. In addition, Thomas Proffen kindly offered to act as a co-chair. So the current PaNSIG chairs and co-chairs are (tbc)
    • Amber Boehnlein SLAC/US and Brian Matthews STFC/UK (chairs)
    • Thomas Proffen  ORNL/US and Frank Schluenzen DESY/DE (co)
  • Meetings: We decided to hold teleconferences at irregular intervals (about once a month) using the timeslots and infrastructure of the Open Technical Forum (see below).
    • The next PaNSIG meeting will take place at the 4th RDA plenary in Amsterdam (22-24th). Since the time at RDA P3 was really too short, we aim to (also) co-locate a PaNSIG and related meetings preferably on the 25th of April.
During the talks and discussions we identified a number of topics for common activities potentially yielding useful results in a reasonable timeframe. 
  • Open Technical Forum:
    • all agreed that we should keep alive the OTF.
    • all agreed that each facility will contribute/organize (at least) two presentations per year.   For that each facility will name a contact/organizer.
    • chairs will collect facility contacts.
    • chairs will select a suitable platform and time slot for OTFs.
    • weekday of OTF should be fixed (where possible). The exact time might shift depending on timezone of the  speaker to be able to also permit participant of colleagues in Asia or Australia.
    • talks should be recorded and made available.
  • Advanced Computing for Photon & Neutron Sciences
    • it has been proposed to organize a conference focussing on advanced computing (e.g. HPC)  maybe bi-annual as a complementary addition to nobugs. Feedback wasn't extremely encouraging. Will further investigate.
  • User Counting
    • PaNdata has originally pursued a survey on common users among the European facilities. The results and procedure can be found on the PaNdata web.
    • It was proposed to extend the survey to include non-European facilties. 
    • In a first step we aim to collect data for the original survey and later on conduct the same experiment with an extended scope. Any additions are highly welcome!
  • HDF5 special interest group
    • It was suggested to establish a HDF5 special interest group with RDA. Finally, HDF5 is one of the most widely used standards with a high level of interoperabitlity with e.g. CIF.
    • The aim of the interest group is to involve developers, users, industry (detector and software vendors) to establish common requirements, collaborations and joint fundung of developments.
    • Eugen Wintersberger will inititate contacts with HDFgroup, Dectris, CIF community.
    • We will draft a case statement for the group and organize a meeting as part of PaNSIG at the 4th plenary.
  • Market-Place and Future collaborations
    • Discussions about a possible market place for larger collaborations (particularly on developments seeking for joint efforts or funding) were not conclusive. Will follow that up at later meetings.