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Why not a traditional site?


Traditional sites as ASDS are valuable, and widely used. But we think they are most useful in the standard context of mainstream data analysis and reduction, where 10 to 12 applications do 95% of the work, and remain static for many years. It is difficult for traditional sites to easily accommodate new ideas, new approaches for less-used telescopes+instruments. For instance, during data mining, we have found several interesting approaches to the same specialized problem (not addressed by mainstream tools), but which were rewritten over a decade by different groups, each without knowledge of others' efforts.
Skysoft has a faster and more flexible approach and is a complement to traditional sites. We do not need to have all the expertise in all the fields Skysoft covers: it is it is enough that such expertise resides in the users' community!

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