#258 request ownership of package "multidrizzle"

Mark S

Somebody created a pypi record "multidrizzle". I request that you change the owner of this record to stsci_ssb. Here is some information to justify my request:

I believe that at one point, somebody intended to make a python package of the multidrizzle software developed by the Science Software Branch of the Space Telescope Science Institute. I suspect that they registered the name, and then abandoned the project when they realized the great deal of work that would be involved. Despite the age of the record, there is still not a package available to download.

(No, I don't actually know the age of the record, but I see the version number of multidrizzle listed is way obsolete.)

I would have contacted rjkrejci and asked them to give the record to me, but I have been unable to find any way to contact a person when all you have is the username in a pypi record.

Still, it is clear that they intended for this record to represent STScI software.

They've listed the employees of Space Telescope Science Institute who wrote multidrizzle as the authors. See http://www.stsci.edu/institute/org/oed/Branches/ssb/Branch to see that people with those names are employed here. (I am Mark Sienkiewicz, 3rd from the bottom. I am not technically a co-author of multidrizzle, by my job includes preparing software releases.) You can find some of the same authors listed as editors of the Multdrizzle Handbook at http://www.stsci.edu/hst/HST_overview/documents/multidrizzle/multidrizzle_cover.html

They refer to the Pyraf license on our web site.

stsci_ssb is the pypi user that I created for use by the person assigned to handle software releases for the Science Software Branch. (This is currently me, but I sometimes go on vacation and I know that I will not be able to do this job forever; the generic identity is easier to hand off to my alternates and/or successors.) You can see I have been active on testpypi and pypi in the last several days, preparing for the first release of our software that can be installed through pypi.

I think I've made my case fairly well, but if you need more, contact me either through this ticketing system or directly by the contact information listed on the web page I cited above.


Mark S.


  • Mark S

    Mark S - 2013-04-26

    Bump 1 week later. My software release is approaching the state where this will be the blocker.

  • Mark S

    Mark S - 2013-04-26

    I withdraw this request.

    Through various web searches, I was eventually lucked into contact information for the owner. He disclaims having created this package, but he was able to transfer ownership to me.

  • Richard Jones

    Richard Jones - 2013-04-26
    • status: open --> closed

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