Refereeing Capabilities Part I

NRAO Interactive Services Modification Request 7C109, February 2009

1. Introduction

The purpose of this MR is to take the first steps to having refereeing and proposal management capabilities across NRAO. This means the prototype application will be used for the VLA only, and the VLA Referees will only use it to get the proposals (not submit their grades/reports).

In the next development cycle, we will aim to have a complete prototype.

2. Background

CarlBignell has a refereeing application available on the web right now for reviewing GBT proposals at Nicole and Dana have the username and password to get into this as a guest; contact them for details.

The strategy is to develop a system for the VLA, based on Carl's GBT system, and then eventually (when both systems are operational), have the VLA Referees who previously were GBT Referees using Carl's system let us know when the upgraded app is "ready". They will serve as our beta test group to let us know when we are ready to integrate GBT into the upgraded app. We do, however, want to make sure that all VLA Referees receive the proposals they are to review electronically in February 2009.

3. Requirements

  1. Add Administration -> Referees tab to be able to manage who the Referee users are, and what categories they are experts in. (PST-Admin users should have access to this.)
    • We want the "add" functionality to be like CASA Beta Release -> Setup.
  2. Add new top-level Referee tab for Referee users to be able to go in and see which proposals they have to review. (Referee users should have access to this.) The reason why we want a top-level tab is because we can see much more functionality being added in later.
    • Should look like, and be functionally identical to, Proposals -> My Proposals, only instead of looking at your own proposals, you see the ones that you have to review.
    • We want them to be able to have the ability to print out:
      • One proposal at a time, OR
      • All proposals that they have to review, in one file, with e.g. a blank page between each proposal. Being able to print on both sides of the page would be optimal.
    • A Referee for the VLA can be an expert in certain categories, but if they are also a Referee for the GBT, they may be experts in different categories. Categories have to be tied to both telescopes and referees, not juts referees.

For right now, we need to assume that the PST UI does not manage assignment of proposals to referees. Berry Clark has an algorithm that does the assignments for the VLA, and Dana/Nicole/Mark have asked for it. If Ashish can develop from the basis that he gets a text file with the assignments in the file, and he just uploads them to the database, that should work for now.

4. Design

Ashish should provide a brief description of how this will be implemented in the code.

5. Deployment Checklist

Dana and Nicole will draft a "Quick Reference" for the VLA Referees telling them how to use the new prototype. Lori will review and recommend changes, and distribute to the reviewers in January at least THREE WEEKS PRIOR TO the deadline.

6. Test Plan

6.1 Internal Testing

6.2 Sponsor Testing

6.3 Integration/Regression Tests


APPROVED: I acknowledge that my request is fully contained in this MR, and if the Open Sky (or other NIS or PST developers) deliver exactly what I specified, I will be happy.

ACCEPTED: I acknowledge that I have validated the completed code according to the acceptance tests, and I am happy with the results.

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Discussion Area

-- DanaBalser - 09 Oct 2008
Topic revision: r3 - 2008-10-17, NicoleRadziwill
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