Solar System Science Collaboration (SSSC) September 2018 Update

A brief update of SSSC (Solar System Science Collaboration) happenings over the past month. A more detailed version will be sent out on the SSSC listserv.
An update on SSSC activities and progress over the past month. In bold are action items requiring responses from collaboration members.

Software White Paper: One thing that’s come out of the July Sprint , was the need for a software roadmap like we have the science roadmap. Now is a good time to do this given that we now have a much better picture of what we will be getting from the LSST project produced Solar System data products. We’re collecting software tasks/pipeline/infrastructure needed to be developed by the Solar System Community to achieve the goals outlined in the Science Roadmap.

DPS SSSC Workshop - the annual SSSC meeting at DPS has been scheduled for Wednesday October 24 2018, 4:30-6:00 pm. It is open to all DPS attendees, including non-SSSC members. We’ll be working on the meeting agenda this month. There will be updates on LSST Solar System data products and a focus on SSSC’s feedback/input on upcoming LSST survey cadence decisions, and future community follow-up opportunities.

DPS LSST Solar System Hackathon - Thursday October 25th 4:00-7:30pm - The SSSC is organizing a Hackathon. The aim is spend several hours working intensively on collaborative projects. This includes laying the infrastructure groundwork for joint computational tools (github repositories, common computing infrastructure, initial code, etc.), brainstorming potential observing follow-up proposals and programs, drafting plans for user-contributed data products, writing MAF (Metrics Analysis Framework) metrics, writing text for the cadence optimization (+ mini-surveys and deep drilling fields) white papers, etc. Participants will pitch projects at the beginning of the session and divide into project groups. Past Hack day or SSSC sprint experience is not required. Come ready with a project idea or join someone’s pitched project. Programming experience is not a requirement. This workshop is focused towards SSSC members, but it is open to everyone. Space is limited, please register by October 5th 9pm PDT using the webform sent in the email update.

Updates to the SSSC Website - We’ve added more details about the LSST Alert Stream and Solar System Data Products on the SSSC’s website on the Science Case page, Data Products page, and Software Page.

Probing the Nature of Dark Matter with LSST Meeting - October 29-31, 2018 at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in Livermore, CA.

LSST Stack Club - If you want to learn how the LSST Data Management stack science pipelines work, you can join the across science collaboration Stack Club and writing tutorial Jupyter notebooks about them, please check out the repo at


~Meg and David
SSSC Co-chairs