NRAO Interactive Services Plan of Record

Cycle 2 & 3, 2008 (February 16, 2008 - March 31, 2008 and April 1, 2008 - May 15, 2008)

Interactive Services includes, proposal submission, proposal handling, analytics, administration, and the CASA beta helpdesk.


  • Weeks 1-3 2/18 - 3/7
  • Weeks 4-6 3/10 - 3/28
  • Weeks 7-9 3/31 - 4/18
  • Weeks 10-12 4/21 - 5/9

Target release dates for PST Enhancements (must be vetted by Open Sky):

Date Action
22 Feb 2008
Release VLBA/HSA prototype for initial testing & feedback
29 Feb 2008
NRAO staff evaluations due to Open Sky
18 Mar 2008 ---> 25 Mar 2008
Meet to discuss, finalize, and prioritize requirements.
23 Apr 2008
Release Candidate available for user acceptance testing
14 May 2008
Release of PST V2.1
14 May - 23 May 2008
Updates at 9pm CT based on initial feedback

Key for the "Task Status" column:
  • DONE (%Y%) means the task has been successfully completed
  • MOVED TO... (%M%) means the task has been completed and is awaiting integration tests
  • PICK (%S%) means the task has been completed and is awaiting sponsor tests
  • ALERT! (%X%) means the task will not be completed this cycle, but was expected to be completed
  • ok means that the task is not yet complete or ready for tests, but Nicole and/or Dana have evaluated results & progress is clearly on track

Key for the "MR Status" column:
  • DONE (%Y%) means the MR has final sponsor sign-off
  • MOVED TO... (%M%) means the MR is awaiting final sponsor sign-off
  • PICK (%S%) means the MR is being implemented
  • REFACTOR (%P%) means the MR is either being written, checked, or needs initial sponsor approval
  • N/A means there is no MR for this task

Priority 1: Data flow to Socorro, Add 2 new GBT resources (no configurable resources), VLA subarrays
Priority 2: Relax constraints, institutions/authors, relax constraints on CASA tab (when notified)
Priority 3: Refereeing, background tasks

1. Operational/User Support Items Completed During C1 2008

For each support item, please list the amount of effort involved as either: low, medium, or high. Guidelines for these rankings are as follows:
  • low - Things that take less than two hours.
  • medium - Things that take more than two hours, but less than eight hours.
  • high - Things that take more than eight hours.

If multiple people are involved in an item, please list it only once. Effort estimates should reflect total time elapsed, i.e. how long did it take to fix the problem start to finish - not the sum total of each person's time.

  • date - name - effort

2. Commitments

The default/unsorted state reflects priority order for this cycle.

As MRs are completed and additional details are available on each task, Open Sky should comment regarding which elements can be fit into a 4-week development period, and which should be migrated down to Background Tasks.

Project Task Info/MR Lead Sponsor,Team Notes MR Status Task Status
CASA Beta Tab
Make CASA Beta tab visible to all users
Ashish - do NOT do this until we actually ask you to; I am waiting on a final recommendation from Ed/Crystal for when this should be launched, and if there are any other development tasks that need to be done as a supplement
Proposal Submission Tool
VLBA/HSA Submission
Proposal Submission Tool
Improve data flow to Socorro
Goal here is for Ashish to work directly with Barry to identify a way for Barry to initiate a data transfer directly to him. Nicole would like to take a look at recommended solution written in the MR before implementation begins.
Proposal Submission Tool
Improve handling of VLA subarrays
Proposal Submission Tool
Configurable Resources/Add 2 New GBT Resources
Proposal Submission Tool
Relax constraints on S/R/S and add Editing
Proposal Submission Tool
List and Select Institutions/Authors
Proposal Submission Tool
Make sure we don't accept science justifications with tiny font sizes less than 11pt
N/A - text change
We are seeing proposals come in that are using too small a font so please can you make sure this gets fixed for the June deadline? All that is needed is for the line that says (.pdf, .txt Only) be replaced by (.pdf, .txt only; font size no less than 11pt; no more than X pages) or something similar. -Adopted from email from Claire

3. Background Tasks

Things to do if we get time for them.

Project Task Info/MR Lead Sponsor,Team Notes MR Status Task Status
Proposal Submission Tool
Export GBT Source Catalogs from PST
Proposal Handling
Review refereeing capabilities/complete MR

4. Other Maintenance & Enhancements

Description Tests Submitter Notes Status

-- NicoleRadziwill - 19 Feb 2008
Topic revision: r9 - 2008-03-30, NicoleRadziwill
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