POGS

supdood

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I had been waiting to post until definitive news come out, but that does not appear to be forthcoming. There is the potential that POGS will be retiring sometime this year (see: SourceFinder forum post). Hopefully Kevin will post to the POGS message board soon letting everyone know what it going on. But, if you have goals you want to hit, time may be running out to do so.
 

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I had been waiting to post until definitive news come out, but that does not appear to be forthcoming. There is the potential that POGS will be retiring sometime this year (see: SourceFinder forum post). Hopefully Kevin will post to the POGS message board soon letting everyone know what it going on. But, if you have goals you want to hit, time may be running out to do so.
I saw that. It's not unusual for projects to end for one reason or another but it would be nice to have some official word from an admin so we know what to expect.
 

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They're done. Text copied for posterity.

"Hey everyone,

As a lot of you noticed, there haven't been any workunits for POGS for about a week.

I've been told by Kevin this morning that POGS has finished processing all the galaxies he needs.

Next up, we'll be looking at reviewing all of the processed galaxy data and preparing it for actual use.

Kevin tells me that the next step is to use the processed galaxy data to train an auto-encoder neural network to classify galaxies based on their features. We'll have a gigantic amount of training data ready for this task, so the prospects of positive results seem high.

Additionally, any research papers that ICRAR publishes using this data will contain an acknowledgement to the work done by everyone who contributed to POGS.

The POGS and theSkyNet websites are going to remain up for the time being, but Kevin is also looking to shut them down once everything has fully wrapped up. This is mainly due to monetary issues - it costs more than $2,000 AUD per month to keep the POGS and theSkyNet services running.

So I'm sorry about how abrupt this is, but we're all done. Thank you everyone for your contributions, great or small. Kevin and I do appreciate everything you've done, and we'll be sure to put all the data to good use.
I'm glad to have been able to help manage this project, even if it's only been one day a week for the most part. The community here has always been a good one.

I can try and answer any questions anyone has in this thread - I'm sure there'll be some.

Thanks again for everything,
Sam"

This was a nice project, kind of a bummer to see it go.
 
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