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Bug#341188: ITP: libwcs -- FITS world coordinate system support library

Package: wnpp
Severity: wishlist

* Package name    : libwcs
  Version         : 4.2
  Upstream Author : Mark R. Calabretta <mcalabre@atnf.csiro.au>
* URL             : http://www.atnf.csiro.au/people/mcalabre/WCS/
* License         : GPL
  Description     : FITS world coordinate system support library

Please critique my understanding of library packaging (copy me in
responses).  Upstream doesn't (yet!) build a shared library, so it
seems the burden lies on me to implement that support.  But wcslib is
used by 2 of my packages (saods9 and sextractor), and seems to provide
a highly specialized, yet readily accessible and well-documented API,
which I can easily see being useful in my own projects.

  WCSLIB is a C library, supplied with a full set of Fortran wrappers,
  that implements the "World Coordinate System" (WCS) convention in
  FITS (Flexible Image Transport System).  It also includes a
  PGPLOT-based routine, PGSBOX, for drawing general curvilinear
  coordinate graticules.

  The FITS data format is widely used within the international
  astronomical community, from the radio to gamma-ray regimes, for
  data interchange and archive, and also increasingly as an online
  format.  It is described in

    "Definition of The Flexible Image Transport System (FITS)",
    Hanisch, R.J., Farris, A., Greisen, E.W., et al. 2001, A&A, 376,

  which formalizes NOST 100-2.0, a document produced by the
  NASA/Science Office of Standards and Technology, see

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