2020-11-09, 18:00–18:15, Times in UTC
astroquery (http://astroquery.readthedocs.io) is an Astropy coordinated package and is already well embedded in and a key component of the astronomical Python ecosystem. astroquery arose from users’ desire to access databases from the Python command line in a scriptable fashion. Script-based data access provides the ability to make reproducible analysis and pipelines in which the data are retrieved and processed into scientifically relevant results with minimal user interaction, thus astroquery enables the creation of fully reproducible workflows from data acquisition through publication. The package currently consists of over 50 modules that provide direct access to the most commonly used databases, archives and services. While most of the modules share a similar API, they are meant to be used independently.
astroquery has received significant code contributions from throughout the astronomical community, including both the user community and major archives.
This talk will describe the philosophy, basic structure, and development model of the astroquery package as well a roadmap for future development. We aim to smooth the coordination between maintainers and the observatories even more and hope the talk will be a seed to further discussions.