Welcome! This is the documentation for ASpecD – a framework for handling spectroscopic data focussing on reproducibility.
In short: Each and every processing step applied to your data will be recorded and can be traced back. Additionally, for each representation of your data (e.g., figures, tables) you can easily follow how the data shown have been processed and where they originate from.
What is even better: Actual data processing and analysis no longer requires programming skills, but is as simple as writing a text file summarising all the steps you want to have been performed on your dataset(s) in an organised way. Curious? Have a look at recipe-driven data analysis.
For more general information on the ASpecD framework see its Homepage, and for how to use it, carry on reading.
A list of features, not all implemented yet but aimed at for the first public release (ASpecD 0.1):
Framework for writing applications handling spectroscopic data
Consistent handling of numeric data and corresponding metadata
History of each processing step, automatically generated, aiming at full reproducibility
Undo and redo of processing steps
Import and export of data
Generic plotting capabilities, easily extendable
Report generation using pre-defined templates
Recipe-driven data analysis, allowing tasks to be performed fully unattended in the background and without programming skills
And to make it even more convenient for users and future-proof:
Open source project written in Python (>= 3.5)
Developed fully test-driven
Extensive user and API documentation
The ASpecD framework is currently under active development and still considered in Beta development state. Therefore, expect changes in features and public APIs that may break your own code. Nevertheless, feedback as well as feature requests are highly welcome.
Where to start¶
Users new to ASpecD should probably start at the beginning, those familiar with its underlying concepts may jump straight to the section explaining how to write applications based on the ASpecD framework.
The API documentation is the definite source of information for developers, besides having a look at the source code.
This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the BSD License.
A note on the logo¶
The snake (obviously a python, look at how it’s holding the magnifying glass) is well familiar with the scientific method and illustrates the basic idea of the ASpecD framework: reproducible data analysis. The copyright of the logo belongs to J. Popp.