About the Photo-z In-Kind Coordination Group

As described in this Community topic, photometric redshifts has emerged as a major area in which multiple teams propose to provide different types of contributions, and optimizing the LSST scientific returns on these contributions requires coordination between the in-kind teams, Rubin project staff, and the Science Collaborations and the community of data rights holders.

This photo-z in-kind coordination group has been formed to respond to this emergent need, as described in an email to all in-kind proposal teams (from Knut Olsen on Sept 3 2020). Going forward, the Community.lsst.org category “Science - Photometric Redshifts” will be the primary venue for all of this group’s conversations.

The short-term purpose of the photo-z in-kind coordination group is to help all in-kind teams optimize their proposals and to make sure they have the information that they need, especially as new technical questions arise about photo-z contributions that are not covered by the Handbook. Questions and/or topics for discussion — whether they be posed to Rubin staff, the Science Collaborations, or to other in-kind teams — should be raised as new topics here in the “Science - Photometric Redshifts” category.

The longer-term purpose of the photo-z in-kind coordination group is to help international teams towards the delivery, integration, and maintenance of their contributions within, e.g., the Science Collaborations, the Data Management science pipelines.

Questions for Rubin staff (e.g., Data Management) that include sensitive or confidential aspects of in-kind proposals related to photo-z are welcome via emails or LSSTC Slack direct messages to Melissa Graham.

As a side note, the purpose of this “Science - Photometric Redshifts” category extends well beyond supporting the photo-z in-kind coordination group. Everyone should please participate in this category by posting topics related to LSST photometric redshifts, and participating in threaded discussions.