User Support News 22 Jan 2007

The items from which I expect feed-back are marked in red.


Next tutorial

Lucia, John, Matthias, can you fit the tutorial session to the CMS week agenda and book the room? It should be one of the blg 40 auditoriums, for 2 - 3 hours

The suggested agenda is

  • which data is available and how to find it, Peter can do this
  • selected items on analysis Luca, Chris, your comments?, Benedikt can do this
  • online selection, Christos and Sridhara will find a speaker
  • how to use EPProducer
    • there have been several questions on this recently, and as suggested by Benedikt, it would be useful to have a tutorial on it

Tutorial speaker pool

A positive response, ten replies, information appears semi-automatically (i.e. limited amount of copy-pasting) in

Conveners, please encourage your group member to register %ENDCOLOR and register yourselves%. I will create a mailing list for the tutorial speakers in order to communicate the tutorial items.


  • WorkBook: to get started and up to first analysis
  • Reference Manual: brief description of content and purpose of each package
  • User Manual and Developers 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.

User Manual -> CMS Offline Guide

I have recieved very useful suggestions from Luca and we had exchange of ideas through e-mail. He suggested having pages to the reconstructed object from the top level, for better hierarchical organization of the information My proposition is
  • to call the actual "User Manual and Developers Guide" (only structure exists) "CMS Offline Guide"
  • to have a new structure as shown in
  • to have the all pages in this document to start with SWGuide
  • to have a two-part page for any physics objects
    • first part for official, structured Offline Guide information, as suggested by Luca, and completed by me
      • Contacts (name of people in charge of software)
      • Introduction and tutorials (-> link to workbook)
      • Data Formats definition (-> link to doxygen reference)
      • RECO/AOD collections (-> link to ref. manual)
      • Description of different algorithms
      • Analysis and validation
      • HLT
    • second part in free format for whatever the group conveners would like to have
    • an example will appear as soon as I've got feedback from Ian and Thomas (I'm using the b-tagging page as an example)
Lucia, John, I need your decision on
  1. the proposed structure, have a look and let me know your modifications
  2. naming: The name: "The CMS Offline Guide", twiki page SWGuide, and all pages in the guide SWGuide*
  3. organization of twiki pages: can I require that all physics object groups (connected to CMSSW) accept to modify their pages in a way suggested above

Reference manual

Tommaso has included the new pages to the ref manual.

-- CMSUserSupport - 22 Jan 2007

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