FADS stands for The Future of Astronomical Data-analysis Software. It is the somewhat flippant title of a special session at the yearly ADASS conference. In an open debate the participants try to figure out what the future of our trade will look like, and whether there is anything we can and/or should do about it. After all, our community is greatly admired for adopting the FITS standard, and perhaps there are more things that we can do collectively.

This year there is again an invitation (by Jan Noordam and Peter Teuben) to joins us at the BOF, but we are not setting up a prior email discussion, but instead a prior FADS-98 info web page with background reading material. Please help us with more relevant links for others to read.


Our old email-discussion info

to a preliminary email discussion prior to the actual session at the upcoming

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Last modified: 4-sep-98 by teuben@astro.umd.edu