NRAO Interactive Services Plan of Record

October 2009 Cycle (Date)

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


  • Weeks 1-3
  • Weeks 4-6
  • Weeks 7-9
  • Weeks 10-12

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

16 Jun 2009Review plan of record.
26 Jun 2009Finalize plan of record.
17 Aug 2009Release Candidate available for acceptance testing.
14 Sep 2009Release of PST.
14-21 Sep 2009Updates 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

1. Operational/User Support Items Completed During This Cycle

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
Proposal Submission Tool
VLA/GBT/VLBA Resource Changes
Proposal Handling
Referee Users
Proposal Submission Tool
Misc. Enhancements
Interactive Services
Web services
Generate valid proposal XML.
Proposal Submission Tool
Additional Source Info
Add source velocity reference frame and definition.

2a. Additional Commitments

These are additional commitments that have been agreed to after the plan of record has been finalized.

Project Lead Sponsor Task Description Completion Date Status
Interactive Services
Fix broken query by last name equals. For example, the following query does not work:

Main.OpenSky will roll this out on the mirror first.
Interactive Servies
1. Modify PST query services (if necessary) to use the appropriate primary key as the universal identifier.

2. Modify XML dumps to include CAS username (same as in PST user table) and universal identifier.

3. For 09C only a single dump of user information keyed off of e-mail address that includes: CAS username; PST person id (primary key to the person table); first name; last name; and email(s).
Interactive Services
We plan to remove duplicate authors by 7 August 2009. Therefore, during login an intermediate page is required for users that login with a username that has been deactivated to inform them of the situation and provide them will a possible alternative username and instructions.
14 September 2009
Interactive Services
Add a global id attribute to nrao:user; this ties to a user's person_id, and it will be a required attribute.

3. Background Tasks

Things to do if we get time for them.

Interactive Services
Duplicate Authors
Proposal Submission Tool
Install Online Help Desk
Proposal Submission Tool
VLA sub-arrays and dual frequencies
This MR is on hold awaiting a recommendation from Mark Claussen about how to handle it in the system. Two Issues: 1. The current implementation of VLA sub-arrays may not accommodate all cases; 2. Dual frequency modes (4P and LP) are not accommodated.

4. Other Maintenance & Enhancements

Description Tests Submitter Notes Status

-- DanaBalser - 2009-06-11
Topic revision: r8 - 2009-08-27, DanaBalser
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