User Support News 30 Jan 2007

The items from which I expect feed-back are marked in red and the item which I propose as action items in the JOC meeting are marked in bold red .


Next tutorial

The next tutorial session at CERN will be on Tuesday, 27th Feb I'm looking for a speaker for "how to add your own data to the event (EDProducer)". Freya can possibly do it if there are no enthusiastic volunteers.

Scheduled tutorial items

A visualization tutorial by Yana Osborne is scheduled for April.


  • WorkBook: to get started and up to first analysis
  • Reference Manual: brief description of content and purpose of each package
  • CMS Offline Guide:
    • description of algorithms
    • usage and "how-to" documents which are too detailed for the WorkBook
    • gathers information currently spread in numerous wiki pages to a single structure.


WorkBook should explain all what a user needs to get started with the first analysis, including the computing aspects. We need to check that all the tools that a user is supposed to use when running CMSSW are properly exlained. Currently, we have Computing conveners, what else is available and what else do we need? Job monitoring? Trouble shooting for data?

CMS Offline Guide

Most of the "Main areas" pages have been migrated to the Offline Guide, proceeding with the reconstructed objects.

The policy with the group twiki pages is the following:

  • if the deliverable of the group is in CMSSW there is no reason to have separate group and offline guide pages
    • the organizational issues such as meetings, to do lists, plans, project etc can reside in the SandBox area of the SWGuide page, if needed, we can exclude this items if the offline guide gets printed.
  • if one group is responsible for topics which need separate entries in the Offline Guide, it makes sense to have one group page and and separate SWGuide
    • the group pages should not contain any CMSSW documentation but provide a link to the SWGuide page for that
  • if deliverable of the group contains hardware or software not residing in CMSSW, the SWGuide page will document all issues connected to the code in CMSSW (algorithms, usage and how-to items, tutorials etc) while the group pages will document the rest
    • links to the other pages should be provided in the SandBox area.

Reference Manual

The release for which all the subsystem and packages are required to have a documentation page in the reference manual is 1_4_0.

The release notes summary should be added to the Reference Manual. Does sw development tools group have someone having knowledge of the Reference Manual general structure?

Getting help

Problem reporting channel for data/computing issues

I have proposed to have a "computing front end" person (or a rotating task) to monitor and follow the different channels used in reporting computing problems (HN, ggus, savannah). I will discuss this with Christoph.

-- CMSUserSupport - 09 Feb 2007

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